With "new science" in the title, I was expecting more from this book. Although a few research studies are mentioned here and there this is more of a philosophical discussion resolving around an essentialist theory of pleasure than something based on scientific research. The author frequently cites works of fiction (e.g. Shakespeare) and passages from the bible to support his arguments. He also often resorts to hearsay with statements such as "some say that..." for support. The book also contains outdated information, for example that female estrus is hidden from males to promote pair bonding, which has since been dis-proven in laboratory tests that indicate that males can detect estrus. Generally his presentation of conventional model of human sexuality and inequality is outdated.
Who would have thought a long commute to work could yield so much fun?
Paul Bloom, No
Jeremy Johnson, Perhaps
Bloom would have had to eliminate many assumptions and significantly dropped continuous Bible references for me to consider this an informative article.
I was entertained by this book for the first two hours. Although it was not what I had hoped, it touched on a variety of topics that could have been thoroughly examined objectively.
I call this book "disappointing" because I expected objectivity based on the credentials of the author. I did not expect each example to lead into a persuasive argument substantiated by Bible verses.
I had high hopes for this book, but I was greatly disappointed. The author adopts a gimmick based on an extended metaphor of "essentialism" that forces the subject manner into a convoluted discussion that distorts the science of developmental psychology.
I liked the book and the topic, but the narration is really annoying and hard to get past. If you can keep your focus off the narration and on the substance of the text, it is an interesting book.
The only pleasure I discovered after listening to a few agonizing chapters from this book was the joy of hitting the off button on my Ipod. Extremely disappointing to me, perhaps insightful to some.
I was so disburbed after the first chapter that I stopped reading. Bloom seems to be preoccupied with the idea of canabalism as well as other weird fetishes. I had hoped for a light read but got something very different.