Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray & What It Means for Modern Relationships
In this controversial, thought-provoking, and brilliant book, renegade thinkers Christopher Ryan and Cacilda JethÁ debunk almost everything we “know” about sex, weaving together convergent, frequently overlooked evidence from anthropology, archaeology, primatology, anatomy, and psychosexuality to... show more
In this controversial, thought-provoking, and brilliant book, renegade thinkers Christopher Ryan and Cacilda JethÁ debunk almost everything we “know” about sex, weaving together convergent, frequently overlooked evidence from anthropology, archaeology, primatology, anatomy, and psychosexuality to show how far from human nature monogamy really is. In Sex at Dawn, the authors expose the ancient roots of human sexuality while pointing toward a more optimistic future illuminated by our innate capacities for love, cooperation, and generosity.
Publish date: July 5th 2011
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
I was a bit nervous about reading this book - not another tract on evolutionary psychology, and how humans are all just bonobos at heart! Fortunately, it’s much more than that, and the authors dissect evolutionary psychology with such surgical precision that I was mentally cheering at several points...
SEX AT DAWN: PrefaceOK, I get the point of this. The preface is trying to make the point that humans are primates, and subject to primate urges. However, this is a DUMB story. Seriously, author? A monkey stealing peanuts you'd meant to give to a different monkey makes you feel 'betrayed in a way you...
My rating does not reflect my opinion about the topic, but rather how the book was written. For a book about sex and relationships, this was kind of boring. The information was not skillfully modulated so as to not inundate the normal reader. The voice of the author also sounds like kind of a smarty...
Extremely interesting. Gave me a lot of food for thought. Plus the writing style was engaging, at time humorous, and very credible.
I tried very hard to finish this book, but I’m going to say that 70% completion is good enough, especially when page 246 summarizes everything in one sentence that is far more pithy than the rest of the book:With any other question we have about the origins of human behavior, we look to chimps and b...