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In these husks are the memories of dead libidos.

•• Here are stories from before the music died ••
From before their chemistry changed

The simple thing about a libido is that it is chemistry. Or physics. That it is atomic. That's where it begins: with the building blocks. With the stuff of stars blended into seriously complex molecules to trigger actions and reactions in super-complicated combinations in already intricate men and women. Declining over time from the fullness of youth to the empiness of old age. Depletion. Chemically tone-deaf by sixty-five, production is retarded and interest mostly gone.



"The main players are dopamine, the reward hormone; prolactin, the hormone of satiation; oxytocin, the cuddle hormone, and levels of androgen receptors, which all powerfully affect our mood, our desire for intimacy, our perception of our mate, as well as our susceptibility to addictive activities and substances. These hormones can also have different but generally related functions. Additionally the stimulant phenylethylamine (PEA) is involved, which is also present in cocoa and chocolate and elevates energy, mood and attention. PEA is produced in greater amounts when one is in love; conversely a deficiency (common in manic-depressives) causes unhappy feelings. When we first fall in love we become bonded by rising PEA, oxytocin and dopamine levels When we are sexually aroused by close contact our dopamine level rises further and at the time of orgasm we have a dopamine brainstorm which one researcher compared to the effects of heroin on the brain. Dopamine is active in all addictions, even in people who have forgotten what sex is." [Walter Last]

"With dopamine as the driving force, biology has designed you to engage in fertilization behavior to make more babies, and urges you to move on to new partners to create greater genetic variety among your offspring. Your primitive brain accomplishes these goals of more progeny and promiscuity by manipulating your brain chemistry, and thus your desires and thoughts. High levels of dopamine increase sexual desire, encouraging you to behave recklessly. The thrill of a new affair and the rush from using pornography are examples of high dopamine." [Marnia Robinson]

An interesting smile generates dopamine. Toes curl. Then a brush of the hand, goosebumps and tiny hairs stiffen. A whispered secret, the nipples harden and the pupils dialate - hormones - oxytocin is at work. Feedback for predicted rewards: more dopamine. Actions and reactions. Chemistry.

Until the chemistry wears out. Until the driving force is gone.

For a closer look at the inner workings of the cell, mitochondria, and proteins; and for Deepak Chopra's analysis of the importance of atoms click here.

These Husk pages were created in October, 2016.

All people images are from and are "released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0." From that site: "You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty free for anything you like, even in commercial applications." Stories are based on:;}y-ch-97