Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Is Monogamy Human?

Jeanna Bryner of LiveScience tackles this question as published over at yahoo! today. What's curious to me and important about the article is that first the human as a whole - as we would say "in all of its factors" - is never considered, and secondly that it seems incredible to consider human monogamy without ever mentioning the word "love". The question is only posed under two aspects: monogamy and biological organisms, and monogamy as social politics.

1 comment:

Tom said...

Also, I think there is a biological dimension: why does the brain produce chemicals (Oxytocin, among others) during touching that promotes bonding? There is also the witness of the heart: love poetry, songs, etc. all in yearning for the "one". There are many more "dimensions" as well. You are right, the article reflects a reduction of the human.