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"When I consider this carefully, I find not a single property which with certainty separates the waking state from the dream. How can you be certain that your whole life is not a dream? ~ Rene Descartes"

The Passion Cycle

Are lovers struggling against a neurochemical tide?

As we become sexually aroused, dopamine (the "I gotta have it!" neurochemical) rises in our reward circuitry. It is also implicated in addictions. In fact, in 2003 Dutch scientist Gert Holstege announced in a press release pertaining to his research that brain scans of orgasm resembled brain scans of shooting heroin. What goes up must come down.

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..Is all that we see or seem,
but a dream within a dream.
Edgar Allan Poe