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How Sex Works: Why We Look, Smell, Taste, Feel, and Act the Way We Do By Sharon Moalem,

  • Title: How Sex Works: Why We Look, Smell, Taste, Feel, and Act the Way We Do
  • Author: Sharon Moalem
  • ISBN: 9780061479656
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Read this book and discover sex again, but from a scientific perspective, and see why it evolved It s almost as much fun, and needs less energy Peter Macinnis, author of 100 Discoveries The Greatest Breakthroughs in History How Sex Works manages to inject science writing with the prurient thrill of a gossip rag O magazineMedical maverick and New York Times bests Read this book and discover sex again, but from a scientific perspective, and see why it evolved It s almost as much fun, and needs less energy Peter Macinnis, author of 100 Discoveries The Greatest Breakthroughs in History How Sex Works manages to inject science writing with the prurient thrill of a gossip rag O magazineMedical maverick and New York Times bestselling author of Survival of the Sickest Dr Sharon Moalem presents an insightful and engaging voyage through the surprising history and evolution of sexual reproduction Fans of Freakonomics, Blink, You The Owner s Manual, and Why Do Men Have Nipples will find many engaging insights in How Sex Works.
    How Sex Works Why We Look Smell Taste Feel and Act the Way We Do Read this book and discover sex again but from a scientific perspective and see why it evolved It s almost as much fun and needs less energy Peter Macinnis author of Discoveries The Greatest B

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    1. Great book about sex Moalem brings a nice balance to the discussion Using a lot of traditional ideas about sex e.g sperm is plentiful and eggs are rarer as well as updated ideas e.g human males large balls serve as refrigerators for sperm that are ready to compete , Moalem wrote the book about sex I have been searching for Usually books about sex involve what Gould calls just so stories in which evolutionary psych people go to extraordinary lengths to hold onto outdated ideas that serve to prom [...]

    2. How Sex Works takes us on a tour of sex its biological costs and benefits, its anatomy, why we re attracted to the people we re attracted to, homosexuality, and the genetic disorders that result in ambiguously sexed individuals Reading this was like being allowed to smell your favorite food there s just enough to tantalize you, but not enough to satisfy your interest craving Dr Moalem s narrative is easy to follow and very readable, but he just doesn t delve into things A lot of what he presente [...]

    3. This is a well written, interesting book If you read science articles frequently, most of what you read is not new I still ended up learning how female ejaculation is still a mystery to many doctors Warning while most of the book is not graphic, a couple passages gave me pause I learned that while I am not a homophobe, homosexual duck necrophilia really, really grosses me out.

    4. Very interesting read Sex, attraction, monogamy, puberty, etc are all approached from a purely clinical and research based perspective.

    5. An author can t go wrong, I d guess, by including the word sex in his or her book s title It helps if said author s bio mentions appearances on CNN and The Daily Show It helps if some of the blurbs on the cover are by the authors of books whose own titles include The G Spot and The Technology of Orgasm.Still and all, by the time you finish How Sex Works Why We Look, Smell, Taste, Feel, and Act the Way We Do, you may be left wondering what the heck kind of book did I just read Consider the chapte [...]

    6. Excellent book summarizing our current understanding of sexual behavior, reproductive biology, among other things Different chapters covered female orgasm and ejaculation , birth control, and the connection between pheromones and the immune system Although I d learned many of these facts in previous classes, the author did a good job of both explaining and summarizing the research in an understandable fashion.

    7. In one word fascinating First of all, this book is not a text book but it could easily serve as a primer to any undergrad Introduction to Evolutionary Human Sexuality.Secondly, Dr Moalem is an accomplished MD, PhD, and award winning Neurogenetiscist who harbors an intense passion for his field of study and this factor shines brilliantly in this creation.And lastly, my personal opinion is the author is truly a master of finding the subject s marrow stripping the clinical down to its most articula [...]

    8. Okay, so I thought should I post this title or shouldn t I I liked this book I tend to be medically scientifically minded in my approach to things, so when I read this title, I knew it would be up my alley Yes, the first chapter was a drag as he leaned heavily on evolution, but after I put that into context in my mind, I found his medical explanations for things very enlightening I liked how he was tasteful in his commentary Moalem has is PhD in something or other to do with the topicI can t qui [...]

    9. I won this in a First Reads giveaway, and am so excited to dig into it soon So I finished this and I really enjoyed reading it It definitely gave me quite a bit of food for thought.Many topics related to human sexual activity and reproduction were covered here, and at times it felt unfocused I think the biggest underlying theme related back to the evolutionary purpose of everything we do sexually, but that covered quite a bit of territory I might have preferred this book if it were narrow in it [...]

    10. This book was somewhat informative It would have helped greatly to have diagrams to accompany some of the descriptions As a woman trying to better understand my body on a scientific level, I would have loved to have something to look at while reading that could show me exactly where the parts he was discussing were located After reading Sex at Dawn The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality , I would say these two book pair nicely together Sex at Dawn The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality [...]

    11. Who knew I was doing so many things wrong No, actually this isn t quite that sort of book It s a scientific discussion of many different things related to sex, including the dispelling of many myths that I have heard and sometimes believed through my life While much of the information was not entirely new to me, there were definitely things I had not known before, and even for the things that I did feel I knew, the confirmation of my information was nice And I only occasionaly felt squeamish.The [...]

    12. This is one of those occasions where I wish I could give half stars, because I really enjoyed the book than 3 stars.How Sex Works was a First Reads that delving into a foray that I don t typically read If I was well versed in the science of sex, I may not have been as impressed But I truly believe that it would be hard to make the subject boring and How Sex Works is definitely not that The book covers a range of facts and curiosities, starting with Health class basics and later hitting on myste [...]

    13. How could I not read a book with that sort of title Much of the information was a repeat from other books I ve read, but Moalem also covered a lot that I appreciated, such as a chapter on homosexuality My main grudge with books like these is that they re so focused on reproduction that they tend to ignore the fact that desire doesn t necessarily always follow reproduction, even if we re biologically hardwired to be a certain way I just don t buy all that stuff, and Moalem writes about studies be [...]

    14. Buen libro para iniciarse en la ciencia de la sexualidad, ameno y entretendio y bien documentado.Recoge los principales avances en los estudios sobre sexualidad humana de los ltimos a os Una revisi n de referencias constatan la consulta de la mayor a de trabajos en biolog a y medicina realizados sobre la evoluci n del sexo Empieza con un repaso a las cuestiones del volumen de los senos femeninos y del tama o del pene Continua con la neurobiolog a de la atracci n, la elecci n de pareja y las enfe [...]

    15. Sharon Moalem How Sex Works Why We Look, Smell, Taste, Feel and Act the Way We Do I give this one 4 stars Moalem is a neurogeneticist whose writing about sex is almost as fun to read as the genuine article is itself In nine chapters, he presents an evolutionary history of human sexuality that is engaging and written in an easily readable style Some readers may think it too lightweight and lacking in depth It is, undoubtedly, a work of summary, giving an overview of the latest thinking and resear [...]

    16. It s like a sex ed class for adults Lots of info you d probably already know, but also some really interesting fun facts for you to throw out at parties Hey, Steve, did you know that babies can lactate Also, it felt kind of jumpy, and a few areas I would have found interesting were sort of glossed over, like the fact that in rare cases babies have developed entirely outside of the uterus and still been delivered via C section As a woman who has never been pregnant, I would like to know where, sp [...]

    17. OK, I liked this because it reviewed some of what I had learned as a kid in sex education glad to be part of the comprehensive sex education through the school health class, fyi as well as through the church AYS that s AYS OWL if you happen to need a program and The Joy of Sex etcmixed together with stuff I actually didn t already know Its nice to learn new stuff and the occasional review really does help prevent forgetting what we ve learned Now, please understand that I was an avid fiction rec [...]

    18. So, I really enjoyed the first half of this book While the author is no Malcolm Gladwell, he does a good job recounting the results of some very interesting recent studies In particular, I found the sections on sexual orientation and attraction very interesting Unfortunately, the second half of the book read a bit like the syllabus of a high school health teacher There were still some interesting bits even in this section, but it wasn t nearly as interesting Then again, if you haven t learned mu [...]

    19. I d give this book 3.5 stars if I could I found it really enjoyable and interesting, but if you ve read any of a number of other books on the topic, you ve pretty much learned everything already I mean, there s only so much you discuss in a book on sex A whole chapter dedicated to the G spot just felt overwrought at this point However, Dr Moalem does have a way of taking complicated concepts and making them accessible to lay people I really loved the chapter on the power of smell I think we all [...]

    20. As the two stars indicates, this book was ok Probably my fault but I wanted something pithy and up to date and got a 2009 book that is out of date The author does quote recent studies but not enough and did not review the vast literature available on sex research He really likes the idea of female ejaculation and tangled gender genetics but I really didnt learn anything new from the book Reading it made me realize how often authors about human behavior invoke our millions of years as hunter gat [...]

    21. A smart and seemingly credible book that didn t piss me off at all, surprisingly Most interesting theory presented was how being on hormonal birth control makes your body think you re pregnant which also changes your sense of smell to crave the pheromones that are similar to your own, as opposed to dissimilar when you re not pregnant, and therefore you could potentially end up with someone who under ordinary circumstances you wouldn t and it kind of makes sense as one of my friends tried to get [...]

    22. Moalem takes the time to scientifically debunk a few myths confirm a few others and also leaves the reader room to pursue their own positions by presenting arguments on both sides of the discussion The chapters and the content are all well organized and the material is accessible for the non science buff Although I felt a few times the author s style reached for the lowest common denominator of comprehension I think Natalie Angiers writing style is the standard to which I am comparing this autho [...]

    23. I just read a book covering similar material Bonk by Mary Roach , so unfortunately for me, there was a lot of overlap This book was of a serious, straightforward read than the other which tried to be humorous One of the sections that really jumped out at me was the one that looked at homosexuality, specifically if it is genetic or not The author did a good job of putting complex or complicated concepts into plain English Overall, I thought it was a good book but I would just warn others who ha [...]

    24. This was an informative read, although much of the information would have been learned already in a high school Health class There s an overview of contraception methods through history, and I appreciated the comparison of birth control pills I found the section on the mechanics of sexual attraction and intercourse, how our senses come into play, the most interesting and I was looking for of that when I picked up this book An informative and educational read for anyone who wants an overview of [...]

    25. After having read extensively on this topic over the years, I figured it would be good to read about it from a scientific perspective rather than a social emotional spiritual view This book didn t do it for me, though, as it is SO evolutionary driven It constantly explains sexual aspects only in the way that it relates to animals or in how it carries humans to a higher level in the evolutionary process I was able to glean some interesting truths from it, but certainly wouldn t recommend it to ot [...]

    26. Reading the explicit title of this book gave me a first among personal experiences My immediate reaction was to wonder if it would be better for me not to have this knowledge, in case eating of the Tree of Knowledge of sex, in this case would spoil something important It poses an interesting dilemma for me, as I have always been thirsty for knowledge, understanding and wisdom I wonder if I am starting to believe in magic or if I am simply getting lazy For now, I ll simply enjoy the question.

    27. An interesting book about the mostly unnoticed science that drive us physically, the history of those discoveries, and how our understanding of them has changed over time I love big picture science books and sex , so this was a very pleasant way to spend some times save for the a couple of chapters that deal rather frankly with the history of genital mutilation and sexually transmitted diseases.

    28. I definitely learned things from this book, an overview of the science behind sex, and I feel like that s one of the main indicators of a popular science book Learning, and also whether or not it was easy to read For the most part, this was, even though I read it on a plane and then supremely jet lagged I generally prefer pop sci books with of a narrative case studies, but the bite sized facts of this one were good too.

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