coberst on May 20 2009, 06:35 AM, said:
What do you judge to be the primordial animal source (assuming an acceptance of the validity of Darwin’s theory of natural selection) for the emotion of love in humans?
Depends on what kind of love.
Certainly the love for offspring arises the way Matt describes. However, the single pair bonding behavior of a husband a wife (assuming they do so bond) is another thing altogether.
But, both are based on survival of the genetic heritage of the DNA carried by parents.
On the other hand, a male being pair-bonded can be argued to be anti-survival from the point of view of his DNA.
A quandary, really.