Mar 27, 2020
In the first part of a special mini season, Rosie is joined by Brian D. Earp, author of Love is the Drug, to discuss the ways in which drugs we currently take (such as SSRI antidepressants, contraceptive pills and recreational drugs like alcohol) are influencing our romantic choices.
How could SSRIs and MDMA be used either to help us stay in a
long-term relationship or to reduce the traumatic effects of
leaving one? How should these biochemical interventions work
alongside actions like starting couples counselling or deleting
your ex from Facebook? When will they be appropriate? What are the
authentic emotions we should listen to? Could something like the
memory erasure machine in the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless
Mind ever be a reality? Could we redirect our attraction from an
unsuitable, unavailable person to someone else? Could a love
potion, as depicted by Shakespeare, ever exist? Could this
biotechnology be used to redirect a person’s sexual
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