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Non-Fiction Book: Why Is The Penis Shaped Like That?: And Other Reflections ..."

Why Is The Penis Shaped Like That?: And Other Reflections on Being Human by Jesse Bering.

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?
In Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?, the research psychologist and award-winning columnist Jesse Bering features more than thirty of his most popular essays from Scientific American and Slate, as well as two 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.

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  • rob s

    I'm glad that questions is asked about humans, if it was about ducks, well, that would just be screwy. Nature indeed has no purpose, no reason, no room for teleology, but it designs, it's a profound mistake to not recognize this.

    June 24, 2014

  • Han "Jason" K.

    Nature just does and has no reasons, no purpose, no justification, etc. Isn't it all in our mind? Even if we knew, it would not be true, since we cannot grasp the nature. Apart from language, just doing is left. Even that may drop out, when we go beyond the language itself.

    June 22, 2014

    • Steve B.

      Does this imply that we should not try to find out anything about nature and just let everything happen without any questions? Our minds are our everything, so what's in there seems important to us.

      June 23, 2014

  • Rachel H.

    I have a suggestion: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Here's the NYT review:

    1 · May 27, 2014

    • Patrick D.

      It's good. I'll second that.

      1 · June 23, 2014

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