Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That? And Other Reflections on Being Human

ISBN-10: 0374532923
ISBN-13: 9780374532925
Edition: 2012
Authors: Jesse Bering
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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 7/3/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Titillating and provocative essays from one of the freshest voices in science today     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? InWhy Is the Penis Shaped Like That?, the research psychologist and award-winning columnist Jesse Bering features more than thirty of his most popular essays fromScientific AmericanandSlate, as well as three 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.

Jesse Bering, PhD, is a frequent contributor to Scientific American and Slate. His writing has also appeared in New York magazine, The Guardian, and The New Republic, among other publications, and has been featured by NPR, Playboy Radio, the BBC, and more. The author of The God Instinct, Bering is the former director of the Institute of Cognition and Culture at Queen's University, Belfast, and began his career as a professor at the University of Arkansas. He lives in Ithaca, New York.

An Invitation to Impropriety
Darwinizing What Dangles
How Are They Hanging? This Is Why They Are
So Close, and Yet So Far Away: The Contorted History of Autofellatio
Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That? The Extended Cut
Not So Fast … What's So "Premature" About Premature Ejaculation?
An Ode to the Many Evolved Virtues of Human Semen
Bountiful Bodies
The Hair Down There: What Human Pubic Hair Has in Common with Gorilla Fur
Bite Me: The Natural History of Cannibalism
The Human Skin Condition: Acne and the Hairless Ape
Minds in the Gutter
Naughty by Nature: When Brain Damage Makes People Very, Very Randy
How the Brain Got Its Buttocks: Medieval Mischief in Neuroanatomy
Lascivious Zombies: Sex, Sleepwalking, Nocturnal Genitals-and You
Humans Are Special and Unique: We Masturbate. A Lot
Strange Bedfellows
Pedophiles, Hebephiles, and Ephebophiles, Oh My: Erotic Age Orientation
Animal Lovers: Zoophiles Make Scientists Rethink Human Sexuality
Asexuals Among Us
Foot Play: Podophilia for Prudes
A Rubber Lover's Tale
Ladies' Night
Female Ejaculation: A Scientific Road Less Traveled
Studying the Elusive "Fag Hag": Women Who Like Men Who Like Men
Darwin's Mystery Theater Presents … The Case of the Female Orgasm
The Bitch Evolved: Why Are Girls So Cruel to Each Other?
The Gayer Science: There's Something Queer Here
Never Ask a Gay Man for Directions
"Single, Angry, Straight Male … Seeks Same": Homophobia as Repressed Desire
Baby-Mama Drama-less Sex: How Gay Heartbreak Rains on the Polyamory Parade
Top Scientists Get to the Bottom of Gay Male Sex Role Preferences
Is Your Child a "Pre-homosexual"? Forecasting Adult Sexual Orientation
For the Bible Tells Me So
Good Christians (but Only on Sundays)
God's Little Rabbits: Believers Outreproduce Nonbelievers by a Landslide
Planting Roots with My Dead Mother
Into the Deep: Existential Lab Work
Being Suicidal: Is Killing Yourself Adaptive? That Depends: Suicide for Your Genes' Sake (Part I)
Being Suicidal: What It Feels Like to Want to Kill Yourself (Part II)
"Scientists Say Free Will Probably Doesn't Exist, Urge 'Don't Stop Believing!'"
The Rat That Wouldn't Stop Laughing: Joy and Mirth in the Animal Kingdom
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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