Sex at Dawn The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality

ISBN-10: 0061707805

ISBN-13: 9780061707803

Edition: 2010

Authors: Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jeth�

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List price: $25.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 6/29/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Christopher Ryan is a psychologist, teacher and author. He received a BA in English and American literature from Hobart College in 1984 and an MA and PhD in research psychology at Saybrook University in 2004. In between his degrees he traveled the world and worked several jobs like gutting salmon in Alaska and teaching English to prostitutes in Bangkok. Along the way he pursued his doctorate in psychology analyzing the prehistoric roots of human sexuality. From this research he penned the book Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality with Cacilda Jetha, MD. He also lectures at the University of Barcelona Medical School.

Preface: A Primate Meets his Match (A note from one of the authors)
Introduction: Another Well-Intentioned Inquisition
A Few Million Years in a Few Pages
On the Origin of the Specious
Remember the Yucat�n!
You Are What You Eat
What Darwin Didn't Know About Sex
The Flintstonization of Prehistory
What Is Evolutionary Psychology and Why Should You Care?
Lewis Henry Morgan
A Closer Look at the Standard Narrative of Human Sexual Evolution
How Darwin Insults Your Mother (The Dismal Science of Sexual Economics)
The Famously Flaccid Female Libido
Male Parental Investment (MPI)
"Mixed Strategies" in the War Between the Sexes
Extended Sexual Receptivity and Concealed Ovulation
The Ape in the Mirror
Primates and Human Nature
Doubting the Chimpanzee Model
In Search of Primate Continuity
Lust in Paradise (Solitary)
Who Lost What in Paradise?
On Getting Funky and Rockin' Round the Clock
Who's Your Daddies?
The Joy of S.E. Ex.
The Promise of Promiscuity
Bonobo Beginnings
Mommies Dearest
Nuclear Meltdown
Making a Mess of Marriage, Mating, and Monogamy
Marriage: The "Fundamental Condition" of the Human Species?
On Matrimonial Whoredom
Paternity Certainty: The Crumbling Cornerstone of the Standard Narrative
Love, Lust, and Liberty at Lugu Lake
On the Inevitability of Patriarchy
The March of the Monogamous
Jealousy: A Beginner's Guide to Coveting Thy Neighbor's Spouse
Zero-Sum Sex
How to Tell When a Man Loves a Woman
The Way we Weren't
"The Wealth of Nature" (Poor?)
Poor, Pitiful Me
The Despair of Millionaires
Finding Contentment "at the Bottom of the Scale of Human Beings"
The Selfish Meme (Nasty?)
Homo Economicus
The Tragedy of the Commons
Dreams of Perpetual Progress
Ancient Poverty or Assumed Affluence?
On Paleolithic Politics
The Never-Ending Battle over Prehistoric War (Brutish?)
Professor Pinker, Red in Tooth and Claw
The Mysterious Disappearance of Margaret Power
The Spoils of War
The Napoleonic Invasion (The Yanomami Controversy)
The Desperate Search for Hippie Hypocrisy and Bonobo Brutality
The Longevity Lie (Short?)
When Does Life Begin? When Does It End?
Is 80 the New 30?
Stressed to Death
Who You Calling a Starry-Eyed Romantic, Pal?
Bodies in Motion
Little Big Man
All's Fair in Love and Sperm War
The Truest Measure of a Man
Hard Core in the Stone Age
Sometimes a Penis Is Just a Penis
The Prehistory of O
"What Horrid Extravagancies of Minde!"
Beware the Devil's Teat
The Force Required to Suppress It
When Girls Go Wild
Female Copulatory Vocalization
Sin Tetas, No Hay Para�so
Come Again?
Men Are From Africa, Women are from Africa
On Mona Lisa's Mind
The Pervert's Lament
Just Say What?
Kellogg's Guide to Child Abuse
The Curse of Calvin Coolidge
The Perils of Monotomy (Monogamy + Monotony)
A Few More Reasons I Need Somebody New (Just Like You)
Confronting the Sky Together
Everybody Out of the Closet
The Marriage of the Sun and the Moon
References and Suggested Further Reading
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