Hi all, I thought it would be good to start up the projects, that people who are familiar with the topics would give brief expositions/summaries of the "state of the art" of the research, so those of us who are not very familiar with the topics/problems/questions, get an idea of what we should discuss about and which silly arguments we should avoid. For example, I am not familiar with many of the specific topics of the Evolution and Love project. I would be happy if someone who has read some of the bibliography could summarize what people are arguing about. Well, I have read The Selfish Gene (few comments at http://homepages.vub.ac.be/~cgershen/doc/selfishGene.html ), so I can talk a bit about what all the fuzz surrounding it: problems in evolution of cooperation, group selection/kin selection/etc... I a bit familiar with memes, but not related to love... I am also reading now C. S. Lewis' "The Four Loves", and even when it is not scientific, I believe it could be useful to distinguish different types of love (affection, friendship, eros, charity), because I can see that each type could have a different explanation. Mainly, some types can have an evolutionary advantage, while others seem to be more cultural, and others probably even just an unexpected consequence of other mechanisms... Best regards, Carlos Gershenson... Centrum Leo Apostel, Vrije Universiteit Brussel Krijgskundestraat 33. B-1160 Brussels, Belgium http://homepages.vub.ac.be/~cgershen/ "The only mistake you can make is to believe you cannot make mistakes"