#1
i wonder what the history of the symbol for love being the heart is????
where did it come from and why???
it's just an organ really..the most important one i know, but i wonder what the connection is and where it started.
if anyone cultured knows, please let me know, ootherwise people can just put down their thoughts =).
#3
Because there's nothing romantic about a pancreas.
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I'd argue the brain is more important than the heart.

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Because there's nothing romantic about a pancreas.


That's only because you've been socialised to believe that the heart connotes love.
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I think it's because both love and the heart are mostly about fluids.
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#7
It's because people used to think that we 'thought' with our hearts, until medical science was invented and showed that it is infact the brain that does the thinking while the heart is just a blood pump.

It also used to have religious connotations as it was thought to be the housing for the soul. Even going back 4000 years in Egyptian mythology, the heart was said to be weighed against the feather of truth in an act of judgment in the afterlife.
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That's only because you've been socialised to believe that the heart connotes love.


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Ok, I've absolutely no idea why people who have been dead for hundreds of years decided to attach a vague and non-specific emotion to a body part they knew almost nothing about and wasn't readily visible.
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#9
When you are in emotional pain or stress, the muscles in the chest tighten and make you feel pain as the heart has to make more effort to pump blood, hence, heartache and heartbreak. Plus, the heart beats faster when you are in the proximity of someone you love, and it can feel like it flutters or skips a beat.
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Ok, I've absolutely no idea why people who have been dead for hundreds of years decided to attach a vague and non-specific emotion to a body part they knew almost nothing about and wasn't readily visible.


Probably because it's the only internal organ that you can constantly hear/feel working, even in other people.

In ancient days, if you had died the literal reason for your death was thought to be because your heart had stopped, regardless of what actualy caused it to stop, so it would have been a reasonable assumption that the heart was the cause of life within the body, or in other words, the soul.
#11
The heart is more tied in with the brain (memories, feelings) than you think. Take the heart transplant patients who reports that they've lost their feelings.

I've read about this long long ago so I can't cite the sources.
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