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The Book on Sex

Want to know what really turns your partner on? A Billion Wicked Thoughts offers the clearest picture ever of the differences between male and female sexuality and the teeming diversity of human desire. What makes men attracted to images and so predictable in their appetites? What makes the set up to a romantic evening so important for a woman? Why are women’s desires so hard to predict? Neuroscientists Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam reveal the mechanics of sexual ...

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Overview

The Book on Sex

Want to know what really turns your partner on? A Billion Wicked Thoughts offers the clearest picture ever of the differences between male and female sexuality and the teeming diversity of human desire. What makes men attracted to images and so predictable in their appetites? What makes the set up to a romantic evening so important for a woman? Why are women’s desires so hard to predict? Neuroscientists Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam reveal the mechanics of sexual relationships based on their extensive research into the mountains of new data on human behavior available in online entertainment and traffic around the world. Not since Alfred Kinsey in the 1950s has there been such a revolution in our knowledge of what is really going on in the bedroom. What Ogas and Gaddam learned, and now share, will deepen and enrich the way you, and your partner, think and talk about sex.

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Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post

“Alfred Kinsey only scratched the surface. Interviewing a mere 18,000 horny humans? Please . . . Drs. Ogas and Gaddam [offer] hot new scientific findings.”

Salon.com

“Smart, readable and handles even the most bizarre fetishes with both humor and respect.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452297876
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/29/2012
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 257,827
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ogi Ogas studies computational models of memory, learning, and vision. He was a Department of Homeland Security Fellow.

Sai Gaddam studies large-scale data analysis and serves as a data mining consultant in India. They both received their Ph.D.s in computational neuroscience from Boston University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Catherine Salmon xi

Preface: The World's Largest Behavioral Experiment

Why freshmen are easy, but the Internet is better xv

Chapter 1 What Do We Really Like? Sexual Cues

How the Internet yanks open the curtains to reveal our most secret desires 1

Chapter 2 Monkey Pay-Per-View: Male Visual Cues

Why plump is sexy, mature ladies hold special advantages, and Freud suffered from penis envy 23

Chapter 3 Elmer Fudd, Wabbit Hunter: Male Desire

Why men can get turned on by a jar of pennies and the male sexual brain is a clumsy hunter 45

Chapter 4 The Miss Marple Detective Agency: Female Desire

Why there is no such thing as female Viagra and women have the most sophisticated brain on Earth 62

Chapter 5 Ladies Prefer Alphas: Female Psychological Cues I: The Hero

Why women like barons, billionaires, and serial killers 85

Chapter 6 The Sisterhood of the Magic Hoo Hoo: Female Psychological Cues II: The Heroine

Why the best men are always taken and every girl just wants to be loved 108

Chapter 7 Boys Will Be Boys: Gay Cues

Why gay men like straight guys and gay porn is (almost) indistinguishable from straight porn 128

Chapter 8 A Tall Man with a Nice Tush: Female Visual Cues

Why Playgirl magazine flopped, a firm tush is a nice advantage, and so many people don't like porn 152

Chapter 9 Cheating Wives and Girls Gone Wild: Male Psychological Cues

Why the forbidden is so exciting and the unexpected reason men like group sex 174

Chapter 10 Lords and Lordosis: Human Psychological Cues

Why domination and submission are two sides of the same cortex 195

Chapter 11 Erotical Illusions: The Creative Power of Cues

What the Mona Lisa smile, Oreo cheesecake, and paranormal romance have in common 213

Conclusion: Happy Ending or Happily-Ever-After?

So what do I do with all this information? 239

Acknowledgments 243

Notes 247

Bibliography 304

Index 384

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