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Ry old people were the living libraries in the ancient society they were valued and honored by their people it is the invention of writing that took away the job from old people as the librarian and turned them into a social burdenif you think carefully biologically humans are good for nothing not only in childbirth the humans were not a good hunter so they opt for foraging they were not good at foraging either so they adopted agriculture as history tells us the humans were not good even in agriculture soon they formed civilization and raged war against each other apparently they were so bad in the war that they stop their conuest and focused on science technology and guess what even after two hundred years of advanced science and technology humans were found to be worse enough not to figure out why uestion in physicsisn t it weird This was a mostly tedious book to get through The only thing that stopped it from being 1 star was a few interesting facts and details that bumped the rating While sort of dating somebody that was very very ill suited for meso much that I was absolutely certain that we had no future he would never be introduced to my family et cetera et cetera I really started being interested in the subject of sex Attraction The difference between women and men s approaches to it the difference between pure physical attraction and what people call chemistry Pure simple sexual attraction and then the ind of attraction that develops While ultimately I didn t place much stock in the relationship the undercurrent of sexual tension that buzzed between us was undeniable I would find myself gazing at him in total awe body abuzz And then I d wonder why Sure I d found him gorgeous at first sight but it was being in each others company that had done it now my feelingsopinions had multiplied and it seemed like there had never been anybody MORE gorgeous the first time he reached for my hand I was buzzin And I couldn t make sense of it it was totally out of my hands Whether or not I wished to be attracted to him this way I was Of course I am a human being and with my evolved brain am able to grasp the weight of my choices and their conseuences so I am not a slave to my body but it was my body s reaction that piued my interest Like why this person I d been around beautiful men plenty men technically beautiful than he why so enad with this one And so I ve picked up a few books on sex this one being the 2nd I ve read Bonk by Mary Roach the 1st So the fact that I had been looking to learn about something that was A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, kind of specific this book was a little bit of a let down But only in the sense that there wasn t enough info on what I wanted tonow Sure there was a brief mentioning of pheromones and how they are potentially responsible for the chemistry thing I guess I wanted them to be a little specific like explain what s happening draw me a diagram of the route these pheromones take thru me the synapses and nerves the brain waves and activity Maybe I m just crazy for wanting an explanation for me the synapses and nerves the brain waves and activity Maybe I m just crazy for wanting an explanation for attractions There was a lot of random educational "Info Stuff I Am "stuff I am inclined to care about like the sex lives of animals and the anomalies and rarities that exist in them An entire one out of the 6 chapters in the book is devoted to animal sex actually including gems like listing other animals that enjoy sex others that partake in same sex sex others that have sex in private like humans instead of out in the open There was a chapter on menopause which according to this book is something that happens only to human females A chapter on breast feeding and the supposed non evolution of male lactation A chapter on gender roles in sex yadda yadda It s all interesting enough to read about but that s because SEX in general is interesting to read about I still prefer this book to Mary Roach s Bonk because it reported facts in an interesting and witty way without laying on the lame jokes so heavily and breaking the fourth wall constantly the way Roach does Also Mary Roach isn t a Dr or professor on the subject or any subject which causes me to mistrust a little Jared Diamond who also wrote Guns Germs and Steel is both a Dr and Professor of human sexuality That lends him a little credibility in my eyes and it shows in his writing which isn t amateurish the way Roach s isSO For anyone looking for a uick and interesting read sort of random facts about sexhuman sexuality this shouldn t disappoint It s short and mostly interesting and written in a manner that an average person can enjoy it You don t have to be a dr or a scientist to understand it is what I mean Tho it won t explain to you why you just can t seem to get enough of your new gfbf or why the sex with your plain jane neighbor is soo much amazing than with your smoking hot ex Or why you aren t attracted to Mr Perfect with the body like a greek god and yet you are borderline obsessive about the cute cater waiter from last night s dinner I have two books on the subject but something tells me that searching for an explanation of my attraction to a man is like searching for the meaning in lifedestined to be fruitless forever but at least reading about sex is never dull. Zee to answer these intriguing uestions Here is a delightfully entertaining and enlightening look at the uniue sex lives of huma. It seems that Jared Diamond got better and better with book he wrote With practice he got exceptionally good at making comparisons between species cultures etc He also developed he wrote With practice he got exceptionally good at making comparisons between species cultures etc He also developed better focus on the subject with every bookHowever this book was written before any of that While it is easy to read it contains little info and has strange examples It also alludes too often to the author s sex life in a Look at me I m a successfully married man with a sex lifehoray way Diamond tries to explain various reasons for various sexual habits cycles goes on rants about the analogous examples in the animal world and attempts to draw occasionally weak parallels to humans Jared also seems side with certain virginal "nerd men I now in that most men are scumbags and women deserve better I disagree "men I now in that most men are scumbags and women deserve better I disagree women have the option to pick whoever they deserve and I will not accept blanket insults against my sexI still somewhat recommend this book because of the random bits of information in it For example polygamous Mormon men especially priests are the peak of male evolution in that that on average the have the most children25 Plus it s an amusing book to read in public placesThe most frustrating aspect of this book is that Diamond forgets to answer the most important uestion of all the one on the cover What the hell Now upon finishing the book every reader has to go out experiment and answer the uestion for themselves Why is sex fun Who the eff cares It just ISif you re doing it right that is HaI thought the book had a lot of promise but it failed to deliver on many many levels Diamond s lack of footnotes really irked me and I was left uestioning a lot of his research I mean sure learning about the number of hermaphroditic fashion models really boosted my self esteem but hello Source please I don t have time to go digging around through his entire bibliography looking for relevance Ultimately I learned a lot about animals and very little about humans C est la vie Nature sure Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies knows how to have fun the battle of the sexes sexual cannibalism fascinating stuff about the intricacies of lactation a lot of other anthropological discourse In short I may describe this book as another diamond from Jared s bag of gems where he told us a story of human sexuality from the evolutionary perspective In this book he described that the attributes of human sexuality eg concealed sex monogamous society recreational sex non existence of male lactation were developed because of specific evolutionary reasons More interestingly even the evolution of female menopause is a deceptive game of evolution to make by making less He also argued that the role of men and women in society was shaped by the long term effect of evolutionThe storytelling style ample interesting facts and wise evolutionary reasoning make this book exciting I ll admit I cam into this expecting sociology with a little bit of biology but instead I got the reverse There are a lot of comparisons drawn between humans and other species as an evolutionary explanation for our sexual evolution is attempted I think not including any observations on how lgbtia people may fit into the picture is an oversight but overall this was an informative book Writing as a Jared Diamond fan I am sorry to report that Why is Sex Fun is a letdown His central hypothesis is that sex is applied selfish genetics without so naming itHe argues that the act of procreation in a given specie is predictable givennowns such as is the relative energy investment in the developing egg and what is the certainty of the embryo being the genetic product of either parent The reader is assumed to have a background in evolution theory and this book applies that information to possible arguments By extension the argument is that the basics of normal human sexuality are a practical application of that same theory The title uestion is answered if not directly or in so many words The book is out of date not much of a standalone book and less interesting than the title promises The book may have been intended for inclusion in a larger undergraduate reading list I cannot recommend itDespite what other reviewers say the title uestion is answered Just not in so many words The answer is or less the point of Chapter 4 subtitled The Evolution of Recreational SexThat this book is dated is not entirely Prof Diamond s fault In terms of Evolutionary Science the 20 years since its original publication is a long time I am not sure it is represents a contribution great enough as to valuable as to justify a rewriteProf Diamond asks several uestions built around relatively uniue aspects of the human sex act Hidden ovulation preference for private performance copulation during times and ages when pregnancy is unlikely or impossible Some of these things are rare in most animals or at least among our fellow primates Answering each of the uestions is the theme of each chapter The answer is almost always a matter of applying the rule that adult members of a breeding pair assume roles based on the individual mates energy investment in the young certainty that the young possess the genetic make of the parent and that no later sex act or re. Why are humans one of the few species to have sex in private Why are human females the only mammals to go through menopause Why. Lationship endangers that embryoGiven the brevity of "the

Book There Is Little Space 
there is little space competing theories or even much discussion of evolutionary theory Nor "book there is little space for competing theories or even much discussion of evolutionary theory Nor there much in the way of supporting research In an undergraduate course other reading material may provide for these absences but as a stand alone book it is not up to the standard of other books by the same authorProf Diamond s explanations can be interesting He will usually include a survey of species that have or may have had similar #Practices The Discussion With Diagrams # The discussion with diagrams help to show that the fossil records can provide clues about which extinct species may have practiced some of these behaviors is worth a read The problem is that he simply states that this ind of analysis is possible and never makes much effort to prove this possibility Prof Diamond in effect invokes his authority as a sufficient proof This may work in an undergraduate course and especially if there are other texts in use in that class It is not sufficient to make this a standalone read for the general public I had forgotten just how good this book actually is I ve read most of the popular stuff Diamond has written and enjoyed all of them My favourite is Guns Germs and Steel but this one is also very goodAlthough this one has a particularly fine title I have to say that it does make me want to ask another eually important uestion why are there so few really good television documentaries that come out of the USA I mean there was Cosmos which was mind blowing but there have been few that reach the heights of some of the stuff that comes out of the BBC Connections Life of Earth The Ascent of Man Civilisation The Body in uestion The Light Fantastic The Root of All Evil and these just to name a few life altering documentaries from the BBC and also just for the sheer joy of listing themIt is not as if good pop science books don t come out of the USA In f in case if you frown upon the title I would like to highlight that the author is a biologist he is neither a saint nor a sinner biology as a science has a sort of philosophical completeness that the physics the most fundamental of all science doesn t possess biology can answer both how and why uestions molecular biology andor genetics do answer the uestion of how for example they can tell you the step by step process of how a living being dies but they will definitely fail to answer why we die at all the why uestions in biology are addressed by the theory of evolution if you stuck with any riddle in biology just ask Mr Darwin he has the final sayphysics has uantum mechanics the theory of relativity and they can satisfactorily answer the uestion like how does the subatomic particle interact with each other or how a galaxy is formed but unlike biology physics has no theory that can answer the why uestions why a particle interact in the way it does or why gravity exists that for the galaxy etc put it in another way there is no theory of evolution in physics but we can imagine once such theory of why emerges in physics it will face the same resentment as the evolution didas the first word in the title implies this book is on why and not on how why the human has so distinctive sexual biology than other primates or mammalian species so far I ve got the opportunity to read five books by Mr Diamond they broadly fall under two categories about human as a species this book and the The Third Chimpanzee belongs to this group the second category is about human society Guns Germs and Steel Collapse and World Until Yesterday goes heresome of the topic in The Third Chimpanzee has been discussed in great detail in this book here two concepts those I couldn t resist sharing as I never thought them in the way they were presentedbeyond any doubt the brain and the thumb are the ey adaptations those changed the fate of human species Mr Diamond argued that biologically female menopause is as revolutionary as the human brain and thumb unlike males females of human species got their reproductive system shutdown by the age of fifty while they live several decades afterward apparently without any reproductive advantage why is sothe human birth canal was not evolved to deliver an enormous human fetus or twin as a woman grows older her mortality due to childbirth increases significantly a human child reuires a long time of nursing and caring before becoming independent and in old days society couldn t sue a father for refusing his childbearing responsibility hence as elderly women died during childbirth their infants used to follow the same fate of their deceased mother and genes not promoting the menopause were slowly removed from the gene pool menopause helped the single mothers to live longer and take care of their babies in early hunter gather and forager society the lesson is that the world we see today wouldn t be possible without single mothersthe second interesting point was about old peoplebefore the invention of writing people used to memorize enormous The Power Of A Choice knowledge about their environment plants animals etc as they get older when they could no longer hunt or bring food to their tribesfamily instead of becoming obsolete they turned into a libra. Is the human penis so unnecessarily large There is nonowledgeable authority than the award winning author of The Third Chimpan. Why Is Sex Fun? The Evolution of Human Sexuality