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Sensation and Sex

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Paperback, 96 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Penguin Books (first published -57)
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Andrew
Aug 11, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it
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This reads more like a dated anatomy book. The only parts that weren't dated were the parts on the soul, morals, and love; you know, stuff science can't touch.

For a book called 'Sensation and Sex' there were surprisingly no steamy sections. The last 10 pages dealt with lust and love (Lucretius suggests avoiding love - it's a desire like hunger without the sustenance of food).

I guess these two essays, the second of which is the titular essay, the first is titled "Body and Mind", are famous for
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Jon A
Dec 29, 2011 Jon A rated it liked it
spoiler alert : few sensations, no sex.
Anders
Aug 09, 2015 Anders rated it liked it
Not a bad selection, but the title is a bit misleading. Only the last 4th or so of the book talks about sex and it's a rather dry scientific account of various goings-on. Most of the selection is caught up in these kind of boring scientific accounts (other topics: our senses, the mind, the soul, the body, and how all of them interrelate).

But the beginning is wonderful and if you like to hear an ancient poet parse out a logic to "justify" his scientific beliefs about reality that ultimately blee
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Feb 03, 2017 Alan rated it really liked it
It is amazing how close Lucretius' model of the atom is to ours. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and - despite its mistakes - have learned a lot about the history of science and philosophy. Lucretius' work is well written and poetic, his logic is fluid and rational, and his stance on how the world works comes from a place of deep and arduous meditation. In Sensation and Sex a denial of the afterlife and the importance of the physical world are revealed to play as important a role in the ancient w ...more
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Titus Lucretius Carus (c. 99 BC – c. 55 BC) was a Roman poet and philosopher. His only known work is the epic philosophical poem De rerum natura about the tenets and philosophy of Epicureanism, and which is usually translated into English as On the Nature of Things.

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