FISHER: …but when you take a look at what’s out there, it’s so staggering. The real meanings of life for me are in reality, I guess. TIPPETT: Yeah, well, that’s one of those — you talk a lot in your work about how we are kind of reversing 10,000 years of habit…

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FISHER: Whereas I think if you don’t know how powerful love is, you might try. In her TED talks that have been viewed by millions of people, and the research she does for Match.com, she wields science as a sobering, if entertaining, lens on what feel like the most meaningful encounters of our lives.

TIPPETT: Helen Fisher knows how powerful love is as a leading anthropologist/explorer on the new frontier of seeing inside our brains when love and sex happen.

TIPPETT: So where do you trace, really the — I’m just curious.

And, long before I knew that there was a nature/nurture controversy, I was very busy trying to measure how much of my own behavior was biological and how much of it was cultural.

FISHER: I grew up in an entirely lily-white Christian community in Connecticut.

I mean, I don’t know if you’ve ever looked at the Hubble Telescope site on the Internet…

In her TED talks that have been viewed by millions of people and the research she does for Match.com, Helen Fisher wields science as a sobering, if entertaining, lens on what feels like the most meaningful encounters of our lives.

She is a leading anthropologist/explorer on the new frontier of seeing inside our brains when love and sex happen.

We spoke in Camden, Maine, around the edges of the 2014 Pop Tech conference there. TIPPETT: I always ask whoever I’m speaking with if there was a religious or spiritual background to their childhood.