Robin Dunbar on The Science of Love and Betrayal

Article published on February 14, 2013.

A brilliant and sparkling exploration of the extraordinary nature of romantic love ­- from the frontline of cutting-edge scientific research.

Why do we kiss each other, forget our friends, seek a ‘good sense of humour’ in lonely hearts adverts and try (and fail) to be monogamous? How are our romantic relationships different from our relationships with friends, family or even God?

Basing his arguments on new and experimental scientific research, Robin Dunbar explores the psychology and ethology of romantic love and how our evolutionary programming still affects our behaviour. Fascinating and illuminating, witty and accessible, The Science of Love and Betrayal is essential reading for anyone who’s ever wondered why we fall in love and what on earth is going on when we do.

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