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Author: Jared M. Diamond
ISBN: 0753810514
Language: English
Pages: 272 pages
Category: History & Philosophy
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicholson history; New Ed edition (2000)
Rating: 4.4
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The key to understanding human sexuality is to recognize that it is a problem in evolutionary biology.

Jared Mason Diamond Why is sex fun? To Marie, My best friend, coparent, lover, and wife. This book confines itself to the insights that we can gain into our sexuality merely by broadening our perspective to encompass other animal species. The key to understanding human sexuality is to recognize that it is a problem in evolutionary biology. When Darwin recognized the phenomenon of biological evolution in his great book On the Origin of Species, most of his evidence was drawn from anatomy.

Why do humans have sex any day of the month or year ' including when the female is pregnant, beyond her reproductive years . The book is very detailed in delving into the oddities of human sexuality

Why do humans have sex any day of the month or year ' including when the female is pregnant, beyond her reproductive years, or between her fertile cycles? Why are human females one of the few mammals to go through menopause? Human sexuality seems normal to us but it is bizarre by the standards of other animals. The book is very detailed in delving into the oddities of human sexuality. For Instance, the claim the women have no idea when they are ovulating and men get no physical signals.

Why is Sex Fun? reads like a lecture series rather than a book. Evolution, evolution This is a fascinating book, & by-and-large explains the uniqueness of human sexuality with evolutionary logic. Published 3 months ago by Souvik Mitra.

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Home Jared Diamond Why Is Sex Fun?: The Evolution of Human Sexuality. Why Is Sex Fun?: The Evolution of Human Sexuality, . 5. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17. FURTHER READING. The first list consists of books on sexuality, behavior, primates, evolutionary reasoning, and related subjects. New York: HarperCollins, 1992. Fedigan, Linda Marie. Diamond, Jared M. Why is sex fun? : the evolution of human sexuality, b. . The Science Masters Series is a global publishing venture consisting of original science books written by leading scientists and published by a worldwide team of twenty-six publishers assembled by John Brockman. The series was conceived by Anthony Cheetham of Orion Publishers and John Brockman of Brockman In. a New York literary agency, and developed in coordination with Basic Books. Why is sex fun? : the evolution of human sexuality, by Jared Diamond.

Why is the human penis so unnecessarily large?There is no one better qualified than Jared Diamond-renowned . Interesting; some enlightening things to learn about the aspects of human sexuality in comparison with that of other animals

Why is the human penis so unnecessarily large?There is no one better qualified than Jared Diamond-renowned expert in the fields of physiology and evolutionary biology and award-winning author-to explain the evolutionary forces that operated on our ancestors to make us sexually different. With wit and a wealth of fascinating examples, he explains how our sexuality has been as crucial as our large brains and upright posture in our rise to human status. Interesting; some enlightening things to learn about the aspects of human sexuality in comparison with that of other animals. My only objections: (a) it felt at times like a short.

Why is the human penis so unnecessarily large? There is no one better qualified than Jared Diamond to explain .

Why is the human penis so unnecessarily large? There is no one better qualified than Jared Diamond to explain the evolutionary forces that operated on our ancestors to make us so different sexually. With wit and a wealth of fascinating examples, Why Is Sex Fun? shows how our sexuality, as much as our large brains or upright posture, led to human' rise in the animal kingdom.

Jared Mason Diamond rriage. After both had a series of extramarital affairs, they had separated. Recently, they had come back together, in part because the separation had been hard on their children. Now Art and Judy were working to repair their damaged relationship, and both had promised not to resume their infidelities, but the legacy of suspicion and bitterness remained.

Jared Mason Diamond Why is sex fun? Preface chapter 1. the animal . the animal with the weirdest sex life chapter 2. the battle of the sexes chapter 3. why don't men breast-feed their babies?: The Non-Evolution of Male Lactation CHAPTER 4. WRONG TIME FOR LOVE: The Evolution of Recreational Sex CHAPTER 5. WHAT ARE MEN GOOD FOR? .

Comments (7)
Steel balls
This great little book shows us how science really works. It's like a series of detective stories - following clues (generating hypotheses) until you run into walls (counterarguments) until eventually a more or less satisfactory theory emerges (subject to the next scientist’s new evidence or argument). In this case it's all about how evolution has shaped human sexuality, much of it by comparing us with other primates and examining our evolutionary history as best we know it.

The first big question, referred to in the title of the book, is why we can enjoy sex throughout most of our lives, often daily, unlike many primates, even though women are infertile most of that time and it takes time and energy away from other pressing activities. It's not as obvious as you might think. From one mystery to another, detective Diamond just whets your appetite for more.

Yet there is a question that I've wondered about for many years, a question that I think needs to be more fully addressed: Why are male and female sexuality so badly matched? He does explain (p. 100) that the "hunter-gatherer lifestyle involves a classic conflict of interest": "A woman is best off married to a good provider, but a man is not best off being a provider". Then he proceeds to note that "Conflicts of interest between people closely related by blood or marriage are the commonest, most gut wrenching tragedies of our lives." Then why hasn't evolution found some way to make our lives less tragic? Is it that we are just too young as a species or has this actually contributed to our evolutionary success?
Paxondano
I am a bit biased towards Jared Diamond. I simply liking reading his books, his style, the way he analyses and explains, intertwined with lighthearted anecdotes.
This is one of his older books but deals with a timeless topic: evolutionary biology - in this case the evolution of sex.
I found it very informative. It certainly added to my knowledge, and - as with all Jared Diamond books - it makes a good reference.
Anyone interested in evolutionary biology should not miss this book.
Ieregr
There is a bit of overlap in this book with "The Third Chimpanzee," and this is to be expected. (Many of us have noticed that authors tend to cover the same points again and again.) On account of this, it loses one star.

On the good side, this book is very concise and light to read. There are almost no graphs in the book (for maximum simplicity).

The best points:

1. There wwas a good discussion of the process of going about testing a theory/ hypothesis, and though this may need to be read several times to be understood it is something that is interesting to know.
2. There were lots of neat little factoids about animals (such as elephants having 5 sets of teeth over the course of a life).
3. The questions surrouding the function of concealed ovulation were dealt with in a very easy-to-understand way that didn't bog the reader down with excessive technical details.
4. Diamond's beginnings into analyzing the male/ female division of labor were, by far, the best part of the whole book. It was sufficiently quantitative to be believable, but not so much as to be boring.
Zavevidi
The book is very detailed in delving into the oddities of human sexuality. However, he makes some assertions that I find it hard to agree with and this was frustrating, as I have faith in his process.

For Instance, the claim the women have no idea when they are ovulating and men get no physical signals. I disagree with that. Women often know they are ovulating and men certainly know by whatever physical change shows itself to them, whether it be a change in skin tone or pheromones. They circle like sharks, and that is 35 years of life experience talking.

I wish he had delved into the brain operations and introduced some of that, which seemed a glaring oversight.
Arakus
I started reading Diamond with Guns, Germs, and Steel and went on to other of his works. While reading "Why Is Sex Fun" we were staying with our daughter, helping her care for a newborn and his comments on the energy expenditure of caring for an infant were enlightening. His writing was insightful and at the same time entertaining, but unless I skipped a page somewhere he fails to answer two questions presented in the advertising - Why is it fun? and Why humans choose privacy for sex? Compared to Guns... and Collapse, this one is a lightweight and not just in the number of pages.
Kalrajas
The title is misleading. The contents are scholarly and thought provoking
Porgisk
I could not put this very interesting downloaded book down and finished it in under five days. Someone wrote in the reviews that this book consists of the juicier parts of another book, "The Third Chimpanzee" by the same author. It explains how humans and our sexual behaviours are different from other animals. The price of the Kindle edition is also extremely reasonable. Buy it now.