Ignite Talks: Are we programmed by nature for love?


10.30–10.45 The Pharmacology of Love

Brian D. Earp – Associate Director, Yale-Hastings Program / Yale University, The Hastings Center;  Yale-Hastings Program in Ethics and Health Policy / Yale University and The Hastings Center.

If love is partly physical, chemical, hormonal, can scientists harness love, synthesize it and use it for the greater good? Or will this create unseen risks, even leading to disaster? In this Ignite Talk, psychologist and ethicist Brian D. Earp will shed light on the pharmacology of human love and the controversial bioethical dilemmas raised by scientific advances in this field. 

10.45–11.00 Love, The Body and Neurosexism 

Dr. Emily Ngubia Kessé – Former Lecturer at the Chair of Profex. Lann Hornscheidt, Center for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies at the Humboldt University Berlin.

Does the science of love unveil discoveries determined by nature, or does it instead map out socially established norms? In other words, does the science of love reproduce or challenge gender stereotypes? What is neurosexism and how does it influence research into love and sex and its communication to the public today? What can scientists and science communicators do individually and as collaborators to tackle this problem?


Brian D. Earp

Associate Director, Yale-Hastings Program, Yale University, The Hastings Center

Dr. Emily Ngubia Kessé

Author | Neuroscientist | Founder