Sunday, July 31, 2016

Quotes on knowing and sharing what you love

"There is something bout the idea of a dedicated love circuitry in the brain that rubs certain people the wrong way. We accept readily enough the idea that our fear response should have its own chemical and neuronal architecture, but it seems demanding to suggest that a comparable physiological substrate exists for feelings as rich as love.
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But from another angle, fingerprints are all the same: grooves in our front skin arranged in semi-concentric circles with a reliable series of components: center points, fetch points, delta points. Love is like those fingerprints: the component parts are invariably arranged in novel ways, but the components themselves are universal."
“The Brain in Love.” Steven Johnson ’90. BAM. July/August 2004. p. 42.

"When the subjects [in an fMRI test] heard or saw their iPhones ringing, their brain scans displayed not the classic signs of addiction but a firing of neurons ‘in the insular cortex of the brain, which is associated with feelings of love and compassion.’ It was as if they were in the presence of a ‘girlfriend, boyfriend, or family member.’ These people actually ‘loved their iPhones.’"
“We love our iPhones — literally.” The Week, Oct. 14, 2011. Paraphrasing Martin Lindstrom in the New York Times.

"He feels naked when speaking about things he really loves."
Gabrielle Zevin. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2014.

"It’s hard. Loving someone, but not being able to share the way you see the world. Like trying to explain color to someone who’s blind."
Markus Sakey. Brilliance. Las Vegas, N.V.: Thomas and Mercer, 2013.

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