Sunday, November 18, 2012

vid #oftheday: the love competition

Thanks to my friend who rec'd this video to me, I got to watch this interesting short film titled "The Love Competition," a joint venture between The Stanford Center for Cognitive and Neurobiological Imaging and filmmaker Brent Hoff made under Wholphin, a short film quarterly.

Because "Love is a feeling you have for someone you have feelings about."
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It was released early this year, at the much more timely period around Valentine's Day, but it's still an interesting and fun watch. I think the opening question some articles have used, "Is it possible for one person to love more than another?" and "Can one person experience love more deeply than another?", is a bit misleading since it's basically a measurement of brain activity in an area theorized to have a relation with feelings of love. That obviously does not directly conclude to loving more than someone else.

Don't let the numbers and charts aspect throw you off too much though. For all its clinical trappings and electronic bleeps and boops, it has a very humanistic draw in each subect's story and expressions, and for its length is a very interesting, enjoyable piece. Watch and see if the one you're rooting for "wins."


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