Cosmos which was mind blowing but there have been few that reach the heights of some of the stuff that comes out of the BBC Connections Life of Earth The Ascent of Man Civilisation The Body in uestion The Light Fantastic The Root of All Evil and these just to name a few life altering documentaries from the BBC and also just for the sheer joy of listing themIt is "Not As If Good Pop Science Books Don T Come "as if good pop science books don t come of the USA In #Fact The Best Pop # the best pop books and pop psychology books all come from the US This is a discrepancy I find completely puzzlingThe book asks and mostly answers a series of intriguing uestions about human sexuality The uestions themselves are so interesting that if I was designing the cover I would just list them there Not just the first uestion and if ou ever wanted to sell a book I d have thought it would be hard to come up with a better title But the book is bursting with similarly fascinating uestionsWhy do we have sex even when there is no chance of pregnancy This needs answering because most of the other mammals in the world would look at us as incredibly strange for engaging in such odd behaviourWhy don t men breastfeed We have most of the euipment and men have been known to produce milk even without scientific intervention So why notI m only going to answer one of his uestions he asks what are men good for And his answer Not a lot Men come out of this book looking rather pathetic We don t do nearly as much helping out as women do we don t do hardly anything at all except some occasional hunting and alpha posing It is uite unattractive and that does seem to conform to my understanding of what most men seem to be likeThere are lots of other uestions in the book why menopause Why are women pretty Why do women have large breasts And the most surprising answer in the book is "to the uestion why do men have such large penisesThe best thing about this book is that it "the uestion why do men have such large penisesThe best thing about this book is that it that many of these uestions have not been completely settled The uestions are clearly important they are all very easy to ask but the answers many not be nearly so easy to come by Diamond presents some of the alternatives here and this makes for a fantastic insight into the scientific method particularly as it applies to the evolution of various traits and behavioursThis is either a short book or a long essay take ou re pick either way it is a uick read and very interesting Writing as a Jared Diamond fan I am sorry to report that Why is Sex Fun is a letdown His central hypothesis is that sex is applied selfish genetics without so naming itHe argues that the act of procreation in a given specie is predictable given knowns such as is the relative energy investment in the developing egg and what is the certainty of the embryo being the genetic product of either parent The reader is assumed to have a background in evolution theory and this book I ll admit I cam into this expecting sociology with a little bit of biology but instead I got the reverse There are a lot of comparisons drawn between humans and other species as an evolutionary explanation for our sexual evolution is attempted I think not including any observations on how lgbtia people may fit into the picture is an oversight but overall this was an informative book In short I may describe this book as another diamond from Jared s bag of gems where he told us a story of human sexuality from the evolutionary perspective In this book he described that the attributes of human sexuality eg concealed sex monogamous societ. Zee to answer these intriguing uestions Here is a delightfully entertaining and enlightening look at the uniue sex lives of huma. Nature sure knows how to have fun the battle of the sexes sexual cannibalism fascinating stuff about the intricacies of lactation a lot of other anthropological discourse Why is sex fun Who the eff cares It just ISif ou re doing it right that is HaI thought the book had a lot of promise but it failed to deliver on many many levels Diamond s lack of footnotes really irked me and I was left uestioning "a lot of his research I mean sure learning about the number of hermaphroditic fashion models really boosted my self esteem "lot of his research I mean sure learning about the number of hermaphroditic fashion models really boosted my self esteem hello Source please I don t have time to go digging around through his entire bibliography looking for relevance Ultimately I learned a lot about animals and very little about humans C est la vie It seems that Jared Diamond got better and better with every book he wrote With practice he got exceptionally good at making comparisons between species cultures etc He also developed a better focus on the subject with every bookHowever this book was written before any of that While it is easy to read it contains little info and has strange examples It also alludes too often to the author s sex life in a Look at me I m a successfully married man with a sex lifehoray way Diamond tries to explain various reasons for various sexual habits cycles goes on rants about the analogous examples in the animal world and attempts to draw occasionally weak parallels to humans Jared also seems side with certain virginal nerd men I know in that most men are scumbags and women Jared also seems side with certain virginal nerd men I know in that most men are scumbags and women better I disagree because women have the option to pick whoever they deserve and I will not accept blanket insults against my sexI still somewhat recommend this book because of the random bits of information in it For example polygamous Mormon men especially priests are the peak of male evolution in that that on average the have the most children25 Plus it s an amusing book to read in public placesThe most frustrating aspect of this book is that Diamond forgets to answer the most important uestion of all the one on the cover What the hell Now upon finishing the book every reader has to go out experiment and answer the uestion for themselves While sort of dating somebody that was very very ill suited for meso much that I was absolutely certain that we had no future he would never be introduced to my family et ceter This was a mostly tedious book to get through The only thing that stopped it from being 1 star was a few interesting facts and details that bumped the rating in case if Faerie you frown upon the title I would like to highlight that the author is a biologist he is neither a saint nor a sinner biology as a science has a sort of philosophical completeness that the physics the most fundamental of all science doesn t possess biology can answer both how and why uestions molecular biology andor genetics do answer the uestion of how for example they can tellou the step by step process of how a living being dies but they will definitely fail to answer why we die at all the why uestions in biology are addressed by the theory of evolution if ou stuck with any riddle in biology just ask Mr Darwin he has the final sayphysics has uantum mechanics the theory of relativity and they can satisfactorily answer the uestion like how does the subatomic particle interact with each other or how a galaxy is formed but unlike biology physics has no theory that can answer the why uestions why a particle interact in the way it does or why gravity exists that for the galaxy etc put it in another way Why are humans one of the few species to have sex in private Why are human females the only mammals to go through menopause Why. ,
Here is theory of evolution in physics but we can imagine once such theory of why emerges in physics it will face the same resentment as the evolution didas the first word in the title implies this book is on why and not on how why the human has so distinctive sexual biology than other primates or mammalian species so far I ve got the opportunity to read five books by Mr Diamond they broadly fall under two categories about human as a species this book and the The Third Chimpanzee belongs to this group the second category is about human society Guns Germs and Steel Collapse and World Until Yesterday goes heresome of the topic in The Third Chimpanzee has been discussed in great detail in this book here two concepts those I couldn t resist sharing as I never thought them in the way they were presentedbeyond any doubt the brain and the thumb are the key adaptations those changed the fate of human species Mr Diamond argued that biologically female menopause is as revolutionary as the human brain and thumb unlike males females of human species got their reproductive system shutdown by the age of fifty while they live several decades afterward apparently without any reproductive advantage why is sothe human birth canal was not evolved to deliver an enormous human fetus or twin as a woman grows older her mortality due to childbirth increases significantly a human child reuires a long time of nursing and caring before becoming independent and in old days society couldn t sue a father for refusing his childbearing responsibility hence as elderly women died during childbirth their infants used to follow the same fate of their deceased mother and genes not promoting the menopause were slowly removed from the gene pool menopause helped the single mothers to live longer and take care of their babies in early hunter gather and forager society the lesson is that "the world we see today wouldn t be possible without single mothersthe second "world we see today wouldn t be possible without single mothersthe second point was about old peoplebefore the invention of writing people used to memorize enormous knowledge about their environment plants animals etc as they get older when they could no longer hunt or bring food to their tribesfamily instead of becoming obsolete they turned into a library old people were the living libraries in the ancient society they were valued and honored by their people it is the invention of writing that took away the job from old people as the librarian and turned them into a social burdenif ou think carefully biologically humans are good for nothing not only in childbirth the humans were not a good hunter so they opt for foraging they were not good at foraging either so they adopted agriculture as history tells us the humans were not good even in agriculture soon they formed civilization and raged war against each other apparently they were so bad in the war that they stop their conuest and focused on science technology and guess what even after two hundred ears of advanced science and technology humans were found to be worse enough not to figure out why uestion in physicsisn t it weird I had forgotten just how good this book actually is I ve read most of the popular stuff Diamond has written and enjoyed all of them My favourite is Guns Germs and Steel but this one is also very goodAlthough this one has a particularly fine title I have to say that it does make me want to ask another eually important uestion why are there so few really good television documentaries that come out of the USA I mean there was. Is the human penis so unnecessarily large There is no knowledgeable authority than the award winning author of The Third Chimpan.