Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Why Does This Not Surprise Me?

New love can look for all the world like mental illness, a blend of mania, dementia and obsession that cuts people off from friends and family and prompts out-of-character behavior - compulsive phone calling, serenades, yelling from rooftops - that could almost be mistaken for psychosis.

As an SF writer, I wonder, could you start requiring your lover to "test" their love for you with a brain scan?

Ah, think of all the dystopian possibilities...

3 comments so far. What are your thoughts?

Anonymous said...

You could and you might, but it would look very similar to many other 'intoxicant' signatures. So if Mr. X wanted to deceive the heroine, it might be done fairly easily. Still in real life this may not avoid the 'He's just not into you' syndrome as humans can fall in and out of love fairly quickly. I know friends who could fall in love taking a stroll down the street, and sometimes did.

As a test of love, it would be pretty prosaic stuff. No, implanting memories of loving someone where there were none previously, that has some interesting potential. This is why the Manchurian Candidate can get remade, (poorly BTW). But even a simple serving wench can do a fairly convincing job of falling in love with her favorite customer most weekends, if desired.  

Posted by VJ

Anonymous said...

why do all good friends go to waste?

Posted by april

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