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Comment author: Patrick_(orthonormal) 15 January 2009 09:05:38PM 10 points [-]

Sexual Weirdtopia: What goes on consensually behind closed doors doesn't (usually) affect the general welfare negatively, so it's not a matter of social concern. However, that particular bundle of biases known as "romantic love" has led to so much chaos in the past that it's become heavily regulated.

People start out life with the love-module suppressed; but many erstwhile romantics feel that in the right circumstances, this particular self-deception can actually better their lives. If a relationship is going well, the couple (or group, perhaps) can propose to fall in love, and ask the higher authorities for a particular love-mod for their minds.

Every so often, each loving relationship must undergo an "audit" in which they have the love-mods removed and decide whether to put them back in. No unrequited love is allowed; if one party ends it, the other must as well...

Comment author: orthonormal 07 August 2011 03:33:07PM 3 points [-]

You might be interested to know that SSRIs appear to kill romantic love, in addition to their other effects. Thus half of the engineering problem has been solved, modulo the difficulty in obtaining these drugs.

Pity that this suggestion is a few years late for your own (unstated) predicament, of course. But don't worry, you'll get through it the old-fashioned way in time.

Comment author: LauralH 13 February 2013 01:52:52AM 2 points [-]

Hm. I looked up the source and it looks like most of the "proof" is due to a few case studies. Not that anyone's still reading this but just in case.

Comment author: orthonormal 13 February 2013 05:58:14PM 0 points [-]

Thanks! (Ugh, papers that talk about fMRI results.)

But for what it's worth, my own case study confirmed the claim as well.

Comment author: LauralH 16 February 2013 02:37:30AM 0 points [-]

My personal case study ahem, went down immediately then went up after a month; and I've known lots of people who only dated after they got on SSRIs. So the answer is, IT DEPENDS.

Also, the paper seemed not to differentiate enough between libido and "love" drive.