Why do testicles hang the way they do? Is there an adaptive function to the female orgasm? What does it feel like to want to kill yourself? Does “free will” really exist? And why is the penis shaped like that anyway? In Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?, the research psychologist and award-winning columnist Jesse Bering features more than thirty of his most popular essays from Scientific American and Slate, as well as two new pieces, that take readers on a bold and captivating journey through some of the most taboo issues related to evolution and human behavior. Exploring the history of cannibalism, the neurology of people who are sexually attracted to animals, the evolution of human body fluids, the science of homosexuality, and serious questions about life and death, Bering astutely covers a generous expanse of our kaleidoscope of quirks and origins.
With his characteristic irreverence and trademark cheekiness, Bering leaves no topic unturned or curiosity unexamined, and he does it all with an audaciously original voice. Whether you’re interested in the psychological history behind the many facets of sexual desire or the evolutionary patterns that have dictated our current mystique and phallic physique, Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That? is bound to create lively discussion and debate for years to come.
©2012 Jesse Bering (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
Facts about sex, about our bodies, relationships, and evolutionary advantage. While its a lot to take in it somehow manages to be entertaining, and even funny. For the frank, and curious. Prudes beware- it will definitely make YOU blush.
Oh! Hmmmm... Ah-ha!
Jesse ponders some very interesting questions (many of which I've had myself) and responds with answers based upon thorough research, logic, and rationale. What I like best is he is not afraid to say "I don't know this answer," and is clear about when and where he has bias. His self-awareness and honesty are refreshing and inspiring.
I guess from the title I should not have been surprised that this book was completely dominated by the topic of sex. If you are interested in why some humans have foot fetishes, are attracted to animals or so many other sexual oddities, this book is definitely for you. If you are looking for a great read on sexual selection as it relates to human nature, I strongly suggest The Red Queen by Matt Ridley.
Although interesting in the beginning chapters, the author descends to subjects that didn't have any appeal to me.
I think the fact that the author reads his own words helped to understand where he was coming from. This also had a negative effect towards the end of the read.
Not for me.
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