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Bonded in the brain New science confirms biblical view of sex BY ED VITAGLIANO Many Christian parents must feel desperate when it comes to trying to protect their children from a hyper- sexualized culture that often encourages kids to ignore traditional morality. So what should parents do? At the top of the list should be this: Don‟t be embarrassed nor apologetic about what the Bible says about sex. The truth is, on the subject of sex, science is catching up to the Bible. Pathways in the brain Most of us probably remember health classes in which rudimentary sex education lessons taught us the basics of reproduction. We remember that the onset of puberty is driven by the sex hormones estrogen (girls) and testosterone (boys). But human sexuality doesn‟t stop with estrogen and testosterone. There are other, less familiar names that represent forces that are just as powerful – and their primary work environment is the brain. This is laid out in fascinating detail in Hooked: New Science on How Casual Sex Is Affecting Our Children, written by Joe S. McIlhaney Jr. and Freda McKissic Bush. Both are obstetrician-gynecologists who have served on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. As McIlhaney and Bush explain, the brain is a magnificent and wonderfully complex organ. It works by electrical impulses that flow through its basic cell – the neuron. These neurons communicate with each other through synapses, which function similarly to computer cables bridging the gaps between the cells. But even these cables do not connect to the neurons themselves. Neurochemicals complete the job of carrying information between the cells. The existence of these pathways means the brain can be changed and molded – almost like a muscle. As patterns of behavior develop over time, the synapses regulating those particular behaviors become stronger. Likewise, the synapses governing infrequent activity weaken. Sex is one of those behaviors that is subject to patterns. This is why certain sexual habits seem to quickly find a pathway on which to proceed, giving those actions the sensation of „going downhill‟ with little or no resistance. Those synapses have been strengthened by repeated activity. So, for example, when a couple that has been sexually active breaks up, it is common for them, when they start dating someone else, to move quickly to a sexual relationship with their new partner. The pattern has been established, and it seems “natural” to head in that direction. Bonded by sex
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