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Love is the Drug - Brian D Earp and Julian Savelescu

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If you could take a pill to fall in love, or to get over a break-up... would you?

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Blackwell's are delighted to be joined by Brian D Earp and Julian Savulescu to talk about their latest book, Love is the Drug: The Chemical Future of Our Relationships.

SynopsisWhat if there were a pill for love, or a prescription to mend a broken heart?

This controversial and timely book argues that recent advances have brought chemical control of our feelings well within our grasp. Substances affecting our love lives, whether prescribed by doctors or even illicitly administered, are not some far-off speculation–our most intimate connections are already influenced by the pills we take, such as antidepressants.

But soon, treatments could exist involving psychoactive substances such as MDMA—the active ingredient in ecstasy—to encourage feelings of love or to help couples work through relationship difficulties. Other drugs could ease a breakup or soothe feelings of rejection. These drugs might have a radical impact on how we think about and experience love.

Brian Earp and Julian Savulescu build a convincing case for conducting further research into ‘love drugs’ and ‘anti-love drugs’ and explore their ethical implications for individuals and for society. Rich in scientific and anecdotal evidence as well as human stories, this highly readable book offers a startling insight into developments that could affect us all.

Falling in love may never be the same again: but is a chemical romance for you?

Brian Earp is Associate Director of the Yale-Hastings Program in Ethics and Health Policy at Yale University and The Hastings Center, and a Research Fellow in the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford. His work is cross-disciplinary, following training in philosophy, cognitive science, psychology, history and sociology of science and medicine, and ethics. His research has been covered in Nature, Popular Science, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Atlantic, New Scientist, and other major outlets.

Julian Savulescu is a philosopher who researches the ethics of various new or emerging technologies, including new methods of reproduction and enhancement of physical and cognitive performance through drugs or genetic manipulation. He is director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and is or has been a co-director on many large research projects, looking at topics from geoengineering to vaccines.

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