S=EX²: The Science of Sex

S=EX²: The Science of Sex

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Overview

You have in your hands the most rigorous, complete and readable book ever written about the fascinating science of human sexuality. This book goes beyond the well-worn sexual education advice and the usual evolutionist psychology. After The Brain Snatcher, Pere Estupinyà comes back with the first popular science book on sex aimed at a wide audience. While there are some tips for the more adventurous, there is also a wealth of new information to be discovered.

Distancing himself from the many books on advice or techniques, Estupinyà brings sex to another dimension by combining popular beliefs and science. Do you want proof that our decision-making in the “heat of the moment” is less rational than we think? Did you know that mind and vagina each go their own way? Are you interested in learning about the effects of yoga on sexual pleasure? Did you know about the attempts in the 60s to “cure” homosexuals with electric shock therapy, the chemical analysis of female ejaculation, or the fundamental relationship between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system? The author has spoken directly with asexual and intersexual individuals, fetishists, multi-orgasmic women, women who never have orgasms through penetration, and men who have no refractory period. He has also participated in sadomasochistic events; learned tantric techniques with a couple of coaches, spoken with porn performers at Barcelona’s Bagdad, and attended workshops in which a woman teaches how to have orgasms with your mind and breathing. The result is an incredible miscellany of information that appeals to both the scientific community and the curious.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783319317250
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 08/26/2016
Edition description: 1st ed. 2016
Pages: 370
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Pere Estupinyà is a trained chemist and biochemist and a science communicator by vocation who, after a short time as a PhD researcher, switched to science journalism. After serving as the editor of a leading Spanish television program on science, he is currently the director and presenter of a new show on Spanish public television named after his book “The Brain Snatcher.”



Pere Estupinyà has lectured on Science, Technology and Society at the Ramon Llull University in Barcelona and spent an academic year at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow. He has been a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the Organization Of American States (OAS) on topics concerning the improvement of science communications in Latin America. His remarkably transparent and clever writing led him to write about science in the main Spanish newspapers.


In November 2010 Pere Estupinyà published his first book on science for the general public: “El Ladrón de cerebros” (The Brain Snatcher), which is now in its 5th reprinting. In summer 2011 he released the eBook “Rascar donde no pica” (To Scratch Where It Doesn’t Itch), and in 2013 he published the Spanish and Catalan editions of S=EX2. In 2016, Pere Estupinyà published his most recent book “Comer cerezas con los ojos a ciegas” (Eating Cherries with Blind Eyes).


Pere Estupinyà lives in Washington, DC and Barcelona, and defines himself as a scientific omnivore who writes about science as an excuse to learn more about, and enjoy, its wonders.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
1. SEX IN OUR CELLS
Looking for the hormones of desire
Few differences between males and females
The chemistry of our sexual behavior
2. SEX IN OUR GENITALIA
Sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves related to sexual arousal
The erection of the penis and the clitoris
Failure to perform or premature ejaculation due to stress
Desire and arousal are not the same thing
The orgasm depending on the distance between the clitoris and the vagina

3. SEX IN OUR BRAIN
Science is more interesting than sex
My orgasm under the fMRI
Like-Want-Learn and the empire of the senses

4. SEX IN OUR MINDS
Sex is an irrational act
Measuring sexual arousal at Kingsley Institute
The non-agreement between mind and female genitalia
Surveys and statistics about sexuality
A brief history of scientific research on sex

5. SEX IN OUR BED
Scientists have trouble to find the G-spot
The two kinds of feminine ejaculation
The genetic component of the feminine multi-orgasm
I was multi-orgasmic and I didn’t know about it
The coolidge effect and my jealousy towards men without a refractory period
Masturbation and its disadvantages with respect to intercourse
Vibrators, lubricants and aphrodisiacs to increase sexual pleasure
The treacherous effect of alcohol on arousal and orgasms
Motivations for anal sex
The size of the penis does matter, the size of the clitoris, doesn’t

6. SEX AT THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE
Expectations and other masculine sexual dysfunctions
Feminine concerns: the key is not desire but satisfaction
Microorganisms that cohabit or invade our genitalia
Sexually Transmitted Diseases

7. SEX IN NATURE
Why do ducks have a penis but roosters dońt?
The origin of sex in bacteria, amebas and marine sponges
Hermaphrodite potatoes and animal sex change
Sexual dimorphism: we’ve only eaten female monkfish

8. SEX IN EVOLUTION
The ovulation trap hidden inside of women
Monogamy is natural, fidelity isn’t
Bonobo’s way of life: are you a bonobo or a chimpanzee?

9. SEX IN BARS
Our partner’s beauty depends on our own
The power of the subconscious in physical attraction
Internet has only changed the first steps of the dating process
Non-verbal signs of seduction
The magic of a kiss
Meaningless sex and the hookup culture

10. TO HAVE AN ORGASM WITH THE POWER OF THE MIND
Hyperventilation to activate the sympathetic system
Meditation and yoga increase sexual pleasure

11. PORNOGRAPHY: FROM DISTORTION TO EDUCATION
Women prefer to watch lesbian porn rather than gay porn
Porn can aggravate some problems, but it can’t create new ones

12. MY HEAD HURTS, HONEY, LET’S HAVE SEX TONIGHT
Sexus sanus in corpore sano
Corpus sanum in sexu sano
Sex in the third age

13. SEX FOR PLEASURE AND LOVE ON A WHEELCHAIR
Neurosurgery to recover genital sensitivity

14. SCIENCE AND SEX ORIENTATION
Homosexual fluidity: behavior is not orientation
Yes, one can be born gay
Homophobia is pernicious, homosexuality isn’t
Does masculine bisexuality exist?
Learning from asexual people

15. WIDENING HORIZONS AT S&M CLUBS
When pain causes pleasure and soothes other kinds of pain
Fetishists from head to toe
Sexual fantasies: to inhibit sinful thoughts increases verbal and action sins

16. OBSESSION, IMPULSIVITY, LACK OF AUTOCONTROL AND OTHER DISORDERS
Hipersexuality is not an addiction
Paraphilias: when medical articles go beyond fiction
Involuntary orgasms during rape

17. SEXUAL IDENTITES BEYON XX AND XY
Intersexuality: when chromosomes and genitalia don’t agree
Transexuality: when the mind is in control
Sex reassignment surgery and the real ghost limb

18. SOCIAL AND SEXUAL MONOGAMY GET ALONG AT SWINGERS CLUBS
Polyamory and emotional monogamists
Couple conflicts when sexual desire disappearsGenes don’t justify infidelity
Addicted to love

EPILOGUE: SEX AND SCIENCE DON’T END AT THE ORGASM

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