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The science of love and sex

Scientists are publishing a large number of articles that deal with love, sex, and sexual relationships in advance of Valentine’s Day as demonstrated by the following small sampling from various journals published on Feb. 10, 2014.

Actor Jim Parsons, winner of the Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Award for 'The Big Bang Theory', poses in the press room during the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 22, 2013, in Los Angeles, California.
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Dr. Abigail Marsh, associate professor of psychology at Georgetown University, published a video on Feb. 10, 2014, at the American Chemical Society's Reactions site that explains the relationship between love and oxytocin. She notes that without oxygen there could be no love as we know it because the love chemical would not work.

George Yancey, a professor of sociology at the University of North Texas, and colleagues from Rice University have determined that women prefer taller men based on the protective value of larger men that is an inheritance from evolution in a Feb. 10, 2014, article at the Rice University news website.

These are just a few of the thousands of articles published by scientists about love and sex every year. Love and sex dominate scientific literature.

The portrayal of the interest in sex of the characters in the television comedy ‘The Big Bang Theory’ is not too far off the mark of reality except for the lack of success of the male characters with females and the aberration of Dr. Sheldon Cooper.

One might draw on experience in college as an illustration of the point where two professors of physiology that were husband and wife were caught by the cleaning crew late at night in their lab at the University of Alabama in Birmingham having sex while connected to an electroencephalogram because they wanted “to see what the machine would do.”

One might conclude that using sex as a selling tool and the reality of the voracious interest in sex that the majority of scientists exhibit might be the impetus toward success that the STEM program is lacking in attracting women, minorities, or anyone into scientific fields.

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