Science versus Romance

Science versus Romance

Science versus Romance

“The heart,” said the scientist, pushing her thick, black-framed glasses back up her nose. “Is one of the most misunderstood organs of the body.”

She pointed to an anatomical drawing of a human heart, its blue and red veins and arteries branching off and criss-crossing like the gnarled roots of an ancient tree.

“As you can see,” she continued, nervously. “The heart is the key organ of the circulatory system, pumping oxygen-rich blood from the lungs to all the tissues of the body, then returning that blood to the lungs to replenish the oxygen supply. This process repeats nearly a hundred times per minute for the entire lifespan of a human.”

She turned to another representation of a heart, this one that was made of red cardboard, tied with a bow and full of chocolate.

“Regardless of popular cultural references, the heart is not involved in human emotional reactions or delvings of a philosophical nature. There is no connections between the human heart and feelings of love. In fact, it is quite illogical to even connect the two...”

“So what you are saying,” the man interrupted, stroking his beard thoughtfully and setting down the bouquet of flowers on the scientist’s desk. He smiled and looked into her eyes.  “Is that you didn’t buy me anything for Valentine’s Day?”

She blushed and felt her heart beginning to beat more rapidly.