A heart is just an organ. How can it love a person ?

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Okay the heart is an organ that keeps us alive. Im sure that is not responsible for the sensation of "feelings" which part of the body releases "feelings" ?
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Okay the heart is an organ that keeps us alive. Im sure that is not responsible for the sensation of "feelings" which part of the body releases "feelings" ?
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Technically the "feelings" are controlled by the frontal lobe of the brain (that's why people when hit in the front of the face can have their personalities changed). However, it has been proven through a series of experiments of around 700 people that whenever we feel certain emotions (hate, love, fear etc...) we feel it physically.

However, when we feel love, the warm fuzzy feeling actually happens because of the following image (kinda speaks for itself) (click link):

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-.../#.VNfHsfmsV8E

Happiness and love are fairly similar if you look at them. =D
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You love with your brain.
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I guess it could also be a conceptual metaphor, spread from the idiom 'The heart knows what it wants' referring to the increased heart rate caused by the proximity of a potential romantic partner.
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Technically the "feelings" are controlled by the frontal lobe of the brain (that's why people when hit in the front of the face can have their personalities changed).
Thanks this explains alot

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You love with your brain.
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Feelings are the responsibility of your brain, which is 'just an organ'. Your heart is just a pump, although it was completely rational for ancient peoples to believe it was responsible for love, as it beats faster when you see someone you like.
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I guess it could also be a conceptual metaphor, spread from the idiom 'The heart knows what it wants' referring to the increased heart rate caused by the proximity of a potential romantic partner.
So the heart can differentiate between romance and been anxious palpitation ?

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It's actually a chemical reaction going on in the brain. I read it somewhere, 'love' doesn't really exist...it's been some what romanticised and some people would argue that it is not even an emotion.
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Those are some details: http://www.scientificamerican.com/ar...love-graphsci/

It's very interesting! We really love with our brains not our hearts. You feel the effects of some hormones on your heart due to the activation of your sympathetics...hence your heart beats faster.
However, if someone breaks your heart, it can literally affect it (cause it to balloon). This is called the broken heart syndome. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-c...n/con-20034635
Beautiful right?
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Lol this is really beautiful thanks

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A brain is just an organ too.
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its true though
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A brain is just an organ too.
Yes but it's responsible for the conscious perception and interpretation of the physiologic effects caused by the neurotransmitters secreted by the brain itself. The brain is much more complex than the heart and way more poorly understood. The heart is just a pump (very important but very easy to understand).


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The heart loving is a Roman thing isn't it?
Here it says that the heart was the center of the soul and source of heat according to the Greeks and the most important organ for life according to the Romans. They mentioned that the broadening of the heart's functions as including feelings and thoughts was a Western concept in the 1700.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/partner...b_history.html
You might be interested.
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So the heart can differentiate between romance and been anxious palpitation ?

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http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/metaphor
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There's the physical heart and then there's the spiritual heart. Also to mention emotions such as love, hate, anxiety, depression, sadness, enjoyment etc can all affect the physical heart.
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There's the physical heart and then there's the spiritual heart..
Jesus christ

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A long time ago, the heart was thought to be the seat of emotions. This cultural idea has been fossilised in our language. A bit like how once they thought the eye pupils were solid objects. (This is where the saying "apple of his eye" comes from.)
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