an insightful and cheerful book, that delves into the evolution of human sexuality and its societal impacts. additional to the well-researched content, the liberating and cheerful tone of the book makes it an inspiring and joyful listen.
A lot of the details were drawn out did not sound scientific. I really enjoyed the last two chapters of the book
A smart and entertaining criticism of the myth that Homo sapiens is monogamous by nature. While not a manifesto of free love by any standard, this book provides an comparative observation of sex in our primate relatives, different practices in different societies, and current beliefs, including masturbation, monogamy, polyandry and many others. The author contrasts his conclusions and observations of many other scientists, psychologists, sociologists, and evolutionists.
The author's view challenges current beliefs and is very thought-provoking. Allyson Johnson's narration is, like always, beautiful and adds another vibrant dimension to a great read.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
Scholarship and objectivity are issues in “Sex at Dawn”; i.e. Christopher Ryan has several degrees from Saybrook University’; his most recent a Ph.D. in psychology. Saybrook is an accredited University but is not well-known. It was founded in 1971 as the “Humanistic Psychology Institute”. Saybrook offers advanced degrees for online study.
Cacilda Jetha, according to her website biography, is an MD and practicing psychiatrist in Barcelona, Spain; educated in Portugal. The authors are married in what they call an open-marriage which is a part of their hypothesis in “Sex at Dawn”. Having decided to have an open-marriage infers some bias in the author’s objectivity. Of course, bias may be equally suggested for one who writes a similar book about monogamy.
Despite reservation about scholarship and objectivity, “Sex at Dawn” is entertaining, if not rigorously scholastic. Parenthetically, one wonders if anyone can be rigorously scholastic in the social sciences.
It is hard to say one will not enjoy reading “Sex at Dawn”; however, in this critic’s opinion, “Sex at Dawn” leads as easily to male and female rationalization as truth. As Karl Popper notes, “Science must begin with myths and with the criticism of myths”. Herein lays this critic’s criticism; not with rancor but with skepticism.
Has made me think differently about all the learned ideas and behaviors of romantic love and relationships I have grown up with. Was loving this book but made me flinch when it went on and on with mud-fling other authors and their ideas…leave that up to the readers to determine… it just comes off as childish.
I am a plastic surgeon by profession A father by heart A trader by choice A teacher by passion A child by curiosity
Amazing scholarly work . Amazing insight into the human condition. Know they self on steroids
So many aha moments must listen
Aha now i understand
Must listen may save families
I listened with my husband and it sparked a lot of interesting discussions. None of the concepts where that new to me but I found the bending of science to fit the cultural view very interesting and apt. It was quite focused on the research which I find fascinating but may not suit everyone. I really liked the way they looked at many aspects for hunter gather life and not just sex.
This book challenges the standard model of human sexuality from an evolutionary standpoint - and it succeeds in what it attempts to do. While I was first skeptical about the path the authors were taking, they put forth a well thought out and convincing argument. The reality is, we do not know anything about human sexuality in the hunter gatherer time because we were not there. A few evolutionary psychologists came along and made some assumptions about how they thought things were back in that time and everyone just go on board with the story. These authors have the wherewithal to call out the traditional beliefs and put something forth that is much more plausible.
Yes, it did pain me when the author attacks Steven Pinker, one of my favorite evolutionary psychology authors, but there is room for both Sex at Dawn and Pinker.
This is an absolute must read for anyone interested in this topic.
Ryan lays out a brilliant case. The book is well researched and funny. Groundbreaking insight to what makes us tick sexually speaking.
The only problem with this book is the narration. The female narrator has a childish mocking tone that distracts from the material. Her voice sounds cynical and disingenuous. Dr. Rayan is a talented storyteller with great voice. Would have been much happier had he narrated the book himself.