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Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of Our Gendered Minds
Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of Our Gendered Minds, By Cordelia Fine Men and women are chalk and cheese, right? Our brains are wired differently, and men are dripping with testosterone. Science tells us so, the media, society, our parents, our partners. In the controversial Testosterone Rex, winner of the prestigious Royal Society ( prize for science book of the year, Cordelia Fine argues we are not as different as commonly supposed! Selected Reviews 'Every man and woman should read this book on gender bias. Testosterone Rex is an important, yet wickedly witty, book about the 21st century which touches on the current debates around identity and turns everything on its head. Pressingly contemporary, it’s the ideal companion read to sit alongside The Handmaid’s Tale and The Power.' (Judges, 2017 Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize) ‘Fine’s gift for rendering complex neurological concepts comprehensible is one of the many reasons why her book is so brilliant. She writes like a dream, not just by the lifelessly humble standards of most scientific prose, but by any literary measure, and her book sparkles with pithy wit.’ (Decca Aitkenhead, Guardian) ‘Fine does it again. The mistress of “I think you’ll find it’s more complicated than that” delivers a brilliant and witty riposte to the “boys will be boys” bores. Fascinating.’ (Caroline Criado-Perez) ‘If you’ve ever thought that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, or that men don’t listen and women can’t read maps, this book is for you. The expression “essential reading for everyone” is usually untrue as well as a cliché, but if there were a book deserving of that description this might just be it.’ (Antonia Macaro, Financial Times) Testosterone Rex is packed with convincing evidence and astonishing facts, all of which seem so important that everybody should be made to read all of it immediately, or at least before typing another word on Twitter about political correctness gone mad.'(Katy Guest, The Pool) ‘A fascinating, greatly contemplative discussion of sex and gender and the embedded societal expectations of both.’ (Kirkus Reviews) The Session The session kicks off at 2pm and lasts approximately 2 hours. An agenda with key questions arising from the text will be used to frame the discussion. It's a creative session where everyone is encouraged to contribute and share. No Book? Available on Amazon, or from your local book store. Travel Brixton Library is moments from Brixton Tube station RSVP'ing and Waiting List If there are no more spaces do join the waiting list. Those down to attend may have to change their plans. Fee £2. If you need to change your plans, refunds are issued up until 5 days before the session.

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What we're about

Reading psychology books is great.

Discussing them is even better!

Fascinated by the human mind?

Intrigued by male & female psychology?

Enjoy best selling personal development?

Enjoy reflecting on how urban living has transformed our lives?

The Brixton Library Session - Last Sunday of each month 1pm-3pm

The London Psychology Reading Group gets to the heart of psychology and personal development, selecting books that inspire, motivate and challenge us to reflect on our experiences and perceptions of the world.

Most books fall under psychology, wellbeing and personal development. This includes theoretically minded books by trailblazing psychologists, to personal development books that have intrigued, inspired and motivated millions.

For a unique psychological perspective, occasionally we feature biographies and fiction.

No need to be an academic to get involved! We're a non-pretentious easygoing bunch keen to read and reflect philosophically on our experiences: only popular, accessible and inspiring books on the reading list.

Selected Books From the Reading List

“Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few are to be chewed and digested”- Francis Bacon

Psychology, Wellbeing and Personal Development

• Malcolm Gladwell – Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking • Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner – Superfreakonomics • Gary Chapman - 5 Love languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts • Daniel Kahneman – Thinking, Fast and Slow • Robert Cialdini – Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion • Geoffrey Miller - Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior • Steve Stoute - The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy • Timothy Ferris - The 4-Hour Work Week • Allan Pease and Barbara Pease – Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps • Richard Dawkin – Unweaving the Rainbow • Eckhart Tolle – The Power of Now

If you wish to join please take note of the below

The overarching aim is to build a friendly community of lovers of books all relating to psychology. The reading group is a friendly refuge where members have a chance to share thoughts and engage in stimulating conversation.

How it Works

Each month we have a new book which all members read. At the beginning of the session, a set of questions are circulated, then the discussion starts!

3 Strikes and out policy

1 strike for changing RSVP in last 7 days, 2 strikes for changing your RSVP on the day or failing to turn up.

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