When we question another’s perception we say it’s ‘all in their head’. We profess to love another ‘with all our heart’. Perhaps, as physical beings, we need to believe that the qualities of consciousness and love, so involved in the experiences of sentient beings, exist within us, creating a home there.
Consciousness has been and continues to be a hot item for discussion in scientific, philosophic and literary circles. Much scientific research points to consciousness being intrinsically related to various sections of the brain. However, where consciousness exists or emanates from is still contested. The same holds true for love. From where and how do feelings of love originate? Finding the answer will be complicated; categorizing love will be as daunting an endeavor as codifying consciousness.
As with the nurture vs. nature debate, our consciousness is affected by factors of both external experiences and internal environments. If we accept the brain as the primary seat of consciousness, what organ houses love?
The experience of love shares many of the mysteries of consciousness yet the phenomenon of love has been largely ignored by science. Why the lack of scientific research on love? Emotions are intrinsic elements of consciousness. I believe that love and consciousness are not unique to one another; rather they are intertwined. To better understand consciousness, science must be more conscious of love.