The Forgotten Art of Love

It’s the last show of 2018, and this year-end show has somehow developed a theme of what we call in my hood, real talk. Last year I chatted with a man named Gilbert Bates about love, the three levels of consciousness, primal pain and primal therapy, which got a tremendous response. So with that in mind we return to the subject of love to close out the Gregorian calendar year that has been 2018.

Our guest for this one is Dr. Armin Zahdeh, who published a book in 2017 called The Forgotten Art of Love: What Love Means and Why It Matters. Armin is a cardiologist and professor at Johns Hopkins University. He has authored more than 100 scientific articles and is an editor of scholarly books in medicine. Besides medicine, he has a strong interest in philosophy with a particular focus on mending its ideas with concepts from biology and sciences.

In the book, Armin revisits psychologist Erich Fromm’s The Art of Loving and examines love through the lenses of biology, philosophy, history, religion, sociology, and economics to fill in critical voids in Fromm’s classic work and to provide a contemporary understanding of love and a look at its role in every aspect of human existence.

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There’s a lot packed into this conversation, including love as a religion, love’s similarity to creativity, what Armin thinks of polygamy and so much more. Just a raw, honest chat about love. I even said during the chat this is nothing that groundbreaking, and it really isn’t, but that’s what I like about it. It’s just real talk about the one subject that seems to continue to elude us both individually and collectively. Especially collectively.

It’s been a trying year for some of you out there, and with that in mind, there is no Patreon extension here. This is the full show for everyone, so I hope by the end of it you walk away with, at least, a reminder and some reassurance.

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MUSIC

Vestron Vulture - “I Want to Be a Robot (Tribute to Giorgio Moroder)”

Occams Laser - “Martyr Farker (Occulture Edit)”

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This podcast is produced in the Kingdom of Ohio and is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International.

Executive Producers: Mike K., Carter Y., Mauricio G., Alyssa S., Daniel R., Kelly C., Kaleb H., Bruce H., David G., Jeremy V., Marcelo T., Christopher B., Leonidas, Timothy W., Caleb C., Nick F., Michael Q., Jamaica J., Mute Ryan, John W., Paul S., Andy E., Colleen F., Ed O., Blake S., Catalina M., Raymond G., Elegwen O., Saliyah S., Michael W.