Evolution and Emotion

Denialism (@mcrliveit) 9 years, 2 months ago

According to Wikipedia , Evolution is the change in the inherited characteristics of biological populations over successive generations. Evolutionary processes give rise to diversity at every level of biological organisation, including species, individual organisms and molecules such as DNA and proteins .

I think that human is more than something just a collection of “inherited characteristics of biological populations over successive generations” . Evolution gives us more abilities to think and to work . That’s the point of Evolution .

But for our emotion . It can’t explain . Because Evolution happened to let species adopt to the environment , the best individual win and advance , the poor die .

But the environment never asks us to develop the emotion side .
Evolution means developing through environment.

The most touching aspect of human nature is not that SMARTness
But what we call LoVe .

How did we achieve LOVE ?
Is love made possible through Evolution .
Do animal love ?
Did our ancestors love ?
When did we begin to love ?

Is love is just a mixture of SEX DRIVE and IMAGINATION .
Or it’s just something more ?
Darwin proposed that emotions are adaptive and serve a communicative and motivational function.
Darwin researched the expression of emotions in an effort to support his theory of evolution. He proposed that much like other traits found in animals, emotions also evolved and were adapted over time. His work looked at not only facial expressions in both humans and animals, but attempted to point out parallels between behaviors in animals and in humans.
But at what point.What is the need . For Love to exist ?

July 19, 2013 at 6:09 am
Delarys Ramos (1) (@delarysramos) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

I think that there’s no possible way that the two popular beliefs that people use to explain this existence (Science vs. Religion) can be used if isolated. We need to understand how are bodies work and where it is EXACTLY where came from. But also, in order to exist, we must have a spiritual understanding and alignment with everything in the universe. I think spiritual essence goes hand-in-hand with the creation of the earth. Without it, we are just masses of energy traversing the world without, well, anything. We’d die.

DaFunks (366)M (@Dafunks) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

@mcrliveit, it is all down to evolution. I can’t say for sure that any Animals feel love. I think some might (Dolphins, Whales).

But, just because no animal is known for sure to feel love does not mean that Humans did not evolve to use it. We did not evolve Wings…

I believe Love and all emotions have evolved because we learnt that it benefits us. A child can stay a child MUCH longer than other animals. Other Animals have to become adults quick. Some need to walk within moments. We do not waste these things. We just stay children and use energy for things like our brain.

Humans have learnt that we can stay children and carry children much longer if we have people who protect us. Staying a child have many advantages. Carrying a child longer also has big benefits. We can learn more, and feel safer. This has now given us Love because it worked… It worked and that is shown by how we now cover the whole planet.

Think about a baby. Just the cry alone makes us help it. If we were less loving many women carrying children would be killed. A child takes away food and can be a future threat if we were savage like most animals. I think we learnt that the more of us we have, the more we can build and create.

It is a very deep thing (Your question) that has many books written about it. One fantastic book is the Selfish Gene. It shows how we (And most Animals) protect our own DNA. Our Brain/Body tricks us to maybe us feel love for our DNA holders (Children) and makes us do many crazy things to protect it. It is seen in Most Animals.

A very interesting documentary was made about it by the BBC:

It has 2 parts if you do watch it all.

Denialism (9) (@mcrliveit) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

@Dafunks, on Evolution’s viewpoint , I think Love is a solution for the survival of Happiness .
We can find the most joy when we are nearest to our nature . Sex drive ( Libido ).
So . Love = Sex Drive + [X-factor]
Another outstanding ability of human is Imagination .Imagination is way advanced than thinking .
When you love somebody . You always think about them in an ideally distorted way .. That is the effect of imagination . It’s not even real . That person you think about is not Real . It’s an exaggerated good side of them .
Every animal has its sex drive . But we are the only who are capable of imagining .
In my opinion, that’s how love can formed .

DaFunks (366)M (@Dafunks) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

@mcrliveit, I’m not sure I fully agree. Happiness is not really a thing. It is just a feeling that changes like love. My happiness I am guessing is VERY different from yours and everyone else’s.

The whole Libido thing is not 100% true. Love does not equal a higher sex drive. Ask most people who are married if their sex drive is higher now? Rabbits screw like crazy but I would not say Love has anything to do with it. If anything, love lowers the rate of child birth. Many people who marry have 1-4 children in western countries? Many have 0. Many younger people having children now never marry but seem to have many children (Around the same as marriage)

If you go back a long way you will find Marriage was not even around. Many men had 3+ sexual partners who were like wives are today. In some places this is still the case.

Imagination is a great thing. It has given us one of the best survival tools. We can imagine the future and plan for it. We can grow crops that we can’t eat now… but, in the future. We build things that take a long time to be completed. I know many animals do this… But, they do not invent very much… If at all (Some Apes/Dolphins have been seen to invent tools though). Invention is our biggest talent (I believe). The fact that we can imagine something and try to invent it has given us close to everything we have. It has also given us bad things such as religion.

I also believe it gave us many of our human differences.

I have seen Dolphins inventing some amazing things. Tools (Sponges) and genius ways of catching food.


Maya (15) (@prethoughts) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

@mcrliveit, @Dafunks,

Love is a simple explanation for a mixture of feelings that humans need to properly survive and thrive on earth (humans being known for simplifying complex things).

Through the experience of love we obviously see that it gives us a connection to usually a sexual partner. Love releases hormones and chemicals in the brain like dopamine that suggest pleasure and addiction.
This “addiction” and pleasure pushes us to want to be what we modernly see as a great parter. i.e. Things like sexual satisfaction, providing for loved ones, protecting them, etc.

This theory of love has most likely evolved because, as we can observe, the most loving humans and those who share loving characteristics (ex. care) tend to be the happiest and most productive in society.

LVX (297) (@Vovinawol) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

Physical love, brotherly love, and Agape (Divine Love). Each of the 3 types will have a different meaning.

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