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Fetzer Advisory Council on Natural Sciences

  • Linking Love, Forgiveness and Scientific Inquiry The relationship between optimal birth experience and the biology of love is among the topics of study for the Fetzer Advisory Council on Natural Sciences. Image Credit: PNNL - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

  • Linking Love, Forgiveness and Scientific Inquiry The substrate of love/empathy: oxytocin Image Credit:

  • Linking Love, Forgiveness and Scientific Inquiry The biological underpinnings of strife, conflict, empathy and trust are among the topics of study for the Fetzer Advisory Council on Natural Sciences. Image Credit:

  • Linking Love, Forgiveness and Scientific Inquiry Biological links underlying "moral elevation" are among the topics of study for the Fetzer Advisory Council on Natural Sciences. Image Credit:

Fetzer Advisory Council on Natural Sciences

It is now clear that love and forgiveness are deeply biological. The same neurobiological systems that allow the emergence of love also are essential for both mental and physical health. We call for a more profound understanding of the scientific basis of love and forgiveness.  

Love and its connection with health and wellness is a key area of inquiry for the Fetzer Advisory Council on Natural Sciences. In addition, the group looks beyond the individual to highlight love's power in the interconnected elements of life that span healthy communities, a thriving environment, and sustainable use of resources.

The Fetzer Advisory Council on the Natural Sciences is one of 16 councils seeking to foster a greater awareness of how love and forgiveness are essential to their sectors.

Project: We Love Reading--One Storyteller's Library at a Time

Project: Triggering Peace in Strife-Torn Settings

Project: A Biological Path to Love?

Project: Minds Meet in the Spirit of Resiliency

Video: Stewardship of the Universe

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