Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?: And Other Reflections on Being Human

Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?: And Other Reflections on Being Human

by Jesse Bering
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Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?: And Other Reflections on Being Human by Jesse Bering

Why do testicles hang the way they do? Is there an adaptive function to the female orgasm? What does it feel like to want to kill yourself? Does "free will" really exist? And why is the penis shaped like that anyway?

In Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?, the research psychologist and award-winning columnist Jesse Bering features more than thirty of his most popular essays from Scientific American and Slate, as well as two new pieces, that take readers on a bold and captivating journey through some of the most taboo issues related to evolution and human behavior. Exploring the history of cannibalism, the neurology of people who are sexually attracted to animals, the evolution of human body fluids, the science of homosexuality, and serious questions about life and death, Bering astutely covers a generous expanse of our kaleidoscope of quirks and origins.

With his characteristic irreverence and trademark cheekiness, Bering leaves no topic unturned or curiosity unexamined, and he does it all with an audaciously original voice. Whether you're interested in the psychological history behind the many facets of sexual desire or the evolutionary patterns that have dictated our current mystique and phallic physique, Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That? is bound to create lively discussion and debate for years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429955102
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 07/03/2012
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 530,713
File size: 725 KB

About the Author

Jesse Bering, Ph.D. is a frequent contributor to Scientific American and Slate. His writing has also appeared in New York magazine, The Guardian, and The New Republic, among others, and has been featured by NPR, Playboy Radio, and more. The author of The Belief Instinct, Bering is the former Director of the Institute of Cognition and Culture at the Queen's University, Belfast, and began his career as a professor at the University of Arkansas. He lives in Ithaca, New York.


Jesse Bering, Ph.D. is a frequent contributor to Scientific American and Slate. His writing has also appeared in New York magazine, The Guardian, and The New Republic, among others, and has been featured by NPR, Playboy Radio, and more. The author of The Belief Instinct, Bering is the former Director of the Institute of Cognition and Culture at the Queen's University, Belfast, and began his career as a professor at the University of Arkansas. He lives in Ithaca, New York.

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Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?: And Other Reflections on Being Human 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
enemy_birds More than 1 year ago
Interesting and intriguing in a deviant sort of way I thought this book was a pretty great collection of essays that were both informative and well-written. Bering is willing to discuss, in great detail, the science behind suicidal thoughts, autofellatio, pedophelia, zoophilia, cannibalism, and many other incredibly taboo topics. If you are uncomfortable thinking about such things or discussing them in detail, avoid this book. For the rest of you, this book is perversely interesting and informative. It lacks re-readability, but it was a cheap, fun read for me and I'd recommend it to some.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How can a book about sex be so dull. The writer spends half his time interjecting his own sexual past and the rest masturbating with a thesaurus. Read Sperm Wars, is so much better and doesnt read like a freshman copying articles from wikipedia. Waste of money.
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