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Love is instinctive and essential. But what is it that brings certain people together? TED speakers examine the mystery of connection and relationships.

Amy Webb heads the digital strategy house Webbmedia Group. Having no luck with online dating, she started treating the world of online dating as data — effectively hacking her way to finding a spouse. Anthropologist Helen Fisher studies gender differences and the evolution of human emotions. To learn more about our physical need for romantic love, she took MRI's of people in love — and people who had just been dumped. Psychotherapist Esther Perel, who specializing in marriage counseling, argues a good and committed relationship draws on the conflicting needs of security and surprise. Writer Jeffrey Kluger explores the profound life-long bond between brothers and sisters, and the influence of birth order, favoritism and sibling rivalry. Angela Patton works to help girls and fathers stay connected and in each others' lives — but that becomes harder when the father is in jail. She tells the story of a unique father-daughter dance.

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