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Field Notes on Love, Sex, and Morality.

This article appeared in the Fall 2000 issue of Spirituality & Health. The more lenses we use to look at love and sex, the richer and more complex they appear. Here are some thought-provoking updates from recent [year 2000] scientific papers and conferences:Is Love Good for Your Health? There’s no solid body of research to answer the question, but Jeff Levin, Ph.D., M.P.H. is determined to create one. Levin, a pioneer is applying epidemiology (the study of health factors across a broad population) to religion, has completed a small clinical study on the relationship between love and health funded by the Institute of Noetic Science. Recently, Levin published a paper in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology (Vol. 19, No. 1, 2000) calling for an epidemiology of love. To bolster his case, he cites several studies from the last two decades that suggest a powerful love connection. • A now famous study by David McClelland found that simply showing a group of subjects a documentary film about the work of Mother Teresa or thinking about “times in their lives they had been loved” strengthened the …

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