I got this two months ago and at that time put my membership on hold, after listening over several evenings over that time, I renewed my membership with great enthusiasm. If I learn as much in one more book this year, I figure its worth the price of 10 memberships.It's an unrestrained attack on the scientific and cultural assumptions of the status quo, while being very scientific, on the topic of sex. I was skeptical during much of the first listen, but second time around I had failed to find substantial holes in its premises. I have a few minor differences, but this was really a paradigm shift and I am someone who thought he was well educated on the topic of sex (arent we all?) I would like to hear a debate with the authors and other scientists like Stephen Pinker. After listening I am even more skeptical of pinker, someone I always admired but wondered if his conclusions were a little too convenient. A debate tour would sell out! But I doubt it will happen because they've got the evidence on their side as far as I can tell.(disclaimer: I'm no expert in the sciences discussed but I'm sure of one thing -- somebody is guilty of either being a slouch or a fraud and which is the case - is a question suspense novelists ought to be having wets dreams about). The idea is that overwhelmingly, the scientific evidence suggests we did not evolve as jealous, monogamous creatures, that we keep hearing we are. Instead we evolved as the most social, and sexual creatures ever. We changed when farming and property ownership, rather than hunting and gathering, became major occupations of human life.Even if you aren't convinced, you ought to be aware of the evidence and this controversy. Although I first suspected it was an ideologically driven, wild idea --everything from culture to evolutionary evidence is examined and I can't imagine its wrong at this point. But I await, as always, more evidence while not holding my breath for an HONEST response. I cant think of more ground breaking book in modern times. This is a must read. I would even go as far as saying, if you can't talk about these issues, you have no idea what you are talking about, on the topic of human sexuality.Finally, while I think they made a convincing case of our prehistorical sexual-social past, as the authors alluded to, it doesn't necessarily give us many answers for how we go forward in our capitalistic society. I for one, love capitalism and believe in the idea of motivating ourselves with the idea of "owning" the results of our efforts.This apparently feeds our need to think we need to own a mate. Interesting idea and well presented. Apparently this wasn't much of an issue in hunter gathering societies. How do we adapt? Ah, more books! More ideas!
She has a pleasant voice and expresses herself well. She helps you get the point faster. There aren't many quotes by the male voice, why this is a distraction to some listeners escapes me unless they were looking for sly ways to sway people negatively.
I wanted to, but at 11 hours I couldnt do it , and I must say I didnt grasp it all, or believe it at first. but I kept listening because I've always studied sex. How naive I was!
Should be required reading
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