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The aspiration to distill and transmit the secrets of the heart can attain a moment of matchless lucidity within a novel, a play, a short story, a poem. Through a symmetry as compact and surprising as the equivalence between matter and energy, love’s poetry and its science share an unexpected identity. Each avenue uses the tools of the intellect to reach beyond; each seeks to lay hold of the ineffable and render it known, with the warm shock of recognition that truth so often carries. Now that science has traveled into the realm of the poetic, the efforts of one endeavor can inform those of its twin.


The poetic and the veridical, the proven and the unprovable, the heart and the brain – like charged particles of opposing polarity – exert their pulls in different directions. Where they are brought together the result is incandescence.

Within that place of radiant intersection, love begins to reveal.

Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini, and Richard Lannon in A General Theory of Love

Song: “Falling in Love With Love” by Keith Jarrett

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