What is love? A new book finds we still don’t really know


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A Brief History of Love
Liat Yakir (Watkins Publishing)

IT IS just over 30 years since the Eurodance singer Haddaway posed the question “What is love?” and we still aren’t much closer to consensus. Despite the enduring, bottomless interest in love, our knowledge about what it actually is that brings and keeps people together is limited.

What’s more, the parameters are changing all the time. In many so-called WEIRD (Western, educated, industrialised, rich and democratic) societies, marriage and birth rates are in decline, with women in particular opting to…

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