The Scientification of Love / Edition 2

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Love has been the realm of poets, artists, and philosophers throughout history, until recently, where it has been studied from a number of scientific perspectives. What the scientists are missing, argues author Michel Odent, is that love is vital as a strategy for the survival of the human race. Aggression and domination are no longer what we need to have an evolutionary advantage. What we need is the capacity to love. With a foreword by Miriam Stoppard, The Scientification of Love weaves together data from a multitude of disciplines, offering a number of insightful and exciting explanations and making the case for the adoption of radical new strategies for human survival. With maternal love as the prototype for all types of love, the book examines the short, but critical, time just after birth which has long-term consequences for our future capacity to love. The Scientification of Love looks at love holistically and in terms of the hormones which affect it in different parts of life, helping us to understand the conflict between civilization and the natural state of the human race. Originally published in 1999, revised in 2001, and now released in paperback for 2014, this controversial and fascinating book by the world renowned Michel Odent - an influential pioneer in the history of childbirth and health research - is still truly groundbreaking.
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French obstetrician Michel Odent, founder of the Primal Health Research Center in London, offers a number of conclusions relating to the critical period of time following birth (the "primal period") during which the capacity for love, as well as a number of health and behavior characteristics, is formed. Distributed by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853434761
  • Publisher: International Specialized Book Services
  • Publication date: 12/14/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 130

Table of Contents

Introduction - The Power of Love 1
1 Prehistory - The Unbroken Mirror 3
2 Learning from Ducklings, Sheep and Monkeys 6
3 Love Hormones and Childbirth 9
4 The Primal Health Research Perspective 14
5 The Ethnological Approach - Comparing Cultures 21
6 Birth Reborn 27
7 Sexuality as a Whole 34
8 Sexual Attractiveness 44
9 The Physiology of Romantic Love 49
10 Who's my Mother? 55
11 Love of Animals for Humans 60
12 Orgasmic States, Ecstatic States and Mystical Emotions 64
13 Love of the Whole 73
14 Links between Birthing and Praying 77
15 Releasing the Brakes with Water 82
16 Love at a Molecular Level 90
Babyist' Interlude 1 The Twenty-Second Century from the Baby's Perspective 96
Babyist' Interlude 2 Don't Bite Your Mum! 101
Linguistic Note: About the Suffix '-ation' 103
17 Science-Tradition Convergence 104
18 Homo Ecologicus 109
Index 114
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