Certain anatomical parts, for all human history, have been there but we haven’t asked what are they for.
Certain anatomical parts, for all human history, have been there but we haven’t asked what are they for. What’s the function of something that we’re so intimately familiar with? We forget to ask ourselves these things and it’s right in our face.
I’ve always been deeply curious and interested in human behavior and also felt a close affinity with that evolutionary explanations.
What really encouraged me to look at human sexuality is not necessarily a discrete concrete moment in my past, but I think the fact that I’m gay. I’ve always been deeply curious and interested in human behavior and also felt a close affinity with that evolutionary explanations.
Social psychology has demonstrated that the more people think you don’t have free will, the worse they behave.
All of human behavior is incredibly complex and it’s influenced by heredity and culture, but the evolutionary argument is particular potent because, first of all, it reminds people that we’re animals.
Science writer Jesse Bering says that not only do we visualize erotic scenes when we’re masturbating, "but we also use our imagination in this way when we’re actually having sex with other people, especially people that we’re not particularly attracted to or we’re not as aroused by them as we would like to be."
Jesse Bering, Ph.D., is a frequent contributor to Scientific American, Slate, and Das Magazin (Switzerland). His work has also appeared in New York Magazine, The Guardian, and The New Republic, and has been featured on NPR, the BBC, Playboy Radio and more. Bering is the former director of the Institute of Cognition and Culture at Queen’s University, Belfast and began his career as a psychology professor at the University of Arkansas.