The info was very informative and the narrators did try to make it sound interesting, however with a handful of statistics combined with being too wordy [for me], I just wasn't able to get into it because I felt I was too busy processing all of the info. I was excited about reading this one but, I didn't get all the way through this.
My first time reading these guys but they did flow hand in hand.
Happy to have an orator with inflection and interest in the material.
The info was interesting but I just was not into this one.
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.
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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.
I know it's early in 2014 but I'm predicting I won't read a better book this year. Finally a scientific and well researched hypothesis on human sexual behaviour that actually reflects the reality we observe and experience. Thought provoking concepts with the potential to radically change our relational paradigms.
I like that the authors didn't pull any punches and took a very comical approach to deliver very taboo and controversial content that may have been heard with a different method of delivery. Our modern day social constructs have programmed us humans to exhibit behavior that is not congruent with our natural tendencies. "Sex at Dawn" exposes this programming as well as our nature.
I don't think there are other books that are this comprehensive on the history of sexuality. I would suggest that people read books on the PICKUP ARTIST MOVEMENT and Psychology books at large to better understand some of the content herein.
I'm usually not a fan of most audio book voices. I think the narrator was the right choice in this case because he was one of the writers and he clearly understood a great intonation to make it flow well. I thought the speed was pretty slow though, I listened to at 3x the speed and most all of it was intelligible although a few times I had to rewind.
I digested the book over a few sittings. I would suggest the same for a reader since the content might be pretty out there for a lot of folks.
I did not exactly agree with the way a lot of the content was portrayed. The authors did a good job of exposing the listener to new concepts of sexuality that they may not have heard. The next step is really drilling down into the different time periods of sexual progression in human evolution and helping people determine what relationship structure is most natural for them as individuals so that they can start planning sustainable relationships. I don't think this book is the bible on sexual evolution but is a great start and might be the best thing we've got to date. In our present day I can see this book alleviating a lot of concern of its readers who may wonder why they have urges that contradict their social programming. I can see this book being looked back upon as a major milestone in the shift of understanding in human sexuality.
This book is the scientific approach to why we are who we are sexually.
There are actually some good arguments made in this book for Poly and open relationships.
There are some good arguments against the religious constriction of sexual behavior and coupling, so if you are exceptionally hardcore religious, you may find fault with this book. It tells us historically why we think and act as we do -- anthropologically and scientifically. which means it won't pander to conservative religious leanings. (Something i'm happy about).