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¿Por qué es divertido el sexo? La evolución de la sexualidad humana

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  4,159 Ratings  ·  262 Reviews
Jared Diamond indaga en algunos de los grandes rasgos que hacen a los humanos distintos del resto de animales sexuales, el desmesurado tamaño del pene en relación a otros mamíferos, la menopausia… Con humor, claridad y rigor científico, Diamond ahonda en las fascinantes fuerzas evolutivas que configuraron nuestra sexualidad y que nos han convertido en la especie más peculi ...more
Paperback, 186 pages
Published January 30th 2007 by Debate Editorial (first published 1997)
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Feb 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had forgotten just how good this book actually is. I’ve read most of the popular stuff Diamond has written and enjoyed all of them. My favourite is Guns, Germs and Steel, but this one is also very good.

Although this one has a particularly fine title I have to say that it does make me want to ask another equally important question – why are there so few really good television documentaries that come out of the USA. I mean, there was Cosmos, which was mind-blowing, but there have been few that r
May 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: purchased

While sort of dating somebody that was very, very ill suited for much that I was absolutely certain that we had no future, he would never be introduced to my family, et cetera et cetera, I really started being interested in the subject of sex. Attraction. The difference between women and men's approaches to it, the difference between pure physical attraction and what people call "chemistry." Pure, simple sexual attraction and then the kind of attraction that develops. While ultimately I
Ashley Reid
This was a mostly tedious book to get through. The only thing that stopped it from being 1 star was a few interesting facts and details that bumped the rating.
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ঈদানিং নন ফিকশন পড়ে আসলেই মজা পাই । বয়স বাড়ার লকষন :/ আননদের বিষয় হল নন ফিকশন অ যে ফিকশনের মত মজার হতে পারে সেটা জানা ছিল না । এই বছর পড়া ২টা নন ফিকশনের ভিতরে এখন ও এই বইটা অনেকটুকু এগিয়ে আছে । হিউমযান ইভলিউশন বিশেষত মানুষের অদভত যৌনতা এর বিবরতন নিয়ে এক অসাধারন বই।
বইটার নাম কিছুটা রগরগে (সতযি বলতে কি কিছুটা না অনেকটাই ) শারীরিক সমপরক মানুষের খুবই কমন একটা জিনিস হবার পর ও এইটা নিয়ে যে কেউ কথা বলতে আলোচনা করতে দবিধা বোধ করবে । এই কমন জিনিসটাই ভয়াবহ রকমের আনকমন অনয সব পরজাতির সাথে তুলনা করতে গেলে
Feb 27, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Why is sex fun? Who the eff cares??? It just IS...if you're doing it right, that is. Ha!

I thought the book had a lot of promise, but it failed to deliver on many, many levels. Diamond's lack of footnotes really irked me and I was left questioning a lot of his research. I mean sure, learning about the number of hermaphroditic fashion models really boosted my self-esteem, but hello? Source please! I don't have time to go digging around through his entire bibliography looking for relevance. Ultimat
Indri Juwono
Mar 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: weni, dharwiyanti, ibutio
Recommended to Indri by: GRI
Shelves: feature

baca itu seru!
baca ini saru!

Begitu mungkin yang ada di pikiran orang-orang ketika membaca buku ini, dilihat dari judulnya ‘Mengapa Seks itu Asyik’. Sesudah membaca buku ini, aku merasa buku ini bisa dihadiahkan pada anakku ketika nanti dia menginjak masa remaja, dan organ reproduksinya tumbuh sempurna. Namanya juga punya anak perempuan, jadi harus dijaga baik-baik.

Seperti dijelaskan di pengantarnya, buku ini tidak akan mengajari anda posisi-posisi baru dalam menikmati hubungan seks, nam
Ana Rînceanu
I'll admit I cam into this expecting sociology with a little bit of biology, but instead I got the reverse. There are a lot of comparisons drawn between humans and other species, as an evolutionary explanation for our sexual evolution is attempted. I think not including any observations on how lgbtqia people may fit into the picture is an oversight, but overall this was an informative book.
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jared Diamond'ın her kitabı ufkuma ufuk katıyor... Kitabın adı maalesef bir pazarlama çalışması ürünü. Zira içeriği "keyif" konusunun çok ötesinde. Hatta alakası bile yok!

Çeviri muazzamdı. İlgilendiğim bir alandaki tercümeleri okurken genelde çok takılırım. Neredeyse hiç takılmadım diyebilirim.

Favori yazarım olmaya devam ediyor Diamond. Bu kitabını da şiddetle tavsiye ederim.
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It seems that Jared Diamond got better and better with every book he wrote. With practice he got exceptionally good at making comparisons between species, cultures, etc. He also developed a better focus on the subject with every book.

However this book was written before any of that. While it is easy to read, it contains little info and has strange examples. It also alludes too often to the author's sex life in a "Look at me I'm a successfully married man with a sex life...horay!" way. Diamond tr
Emily C.
Oct 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was fascinating and so engaging and easy to read for a book based in biology. In it, Jared Diamond brings up numerous facts about human sexuality that we all take for granted. Humans have sex for fun whether or not they are fertile, at any time of the month or year. Human females experience a distinct decline and then abrupt stop in fertility around middle age. Women usually have little idea of when they might be ovulating (unless they are using some form of modern technology to tell t ...more
Sep 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, non-fiction
…and why is that?

I read this whole book, cover to cover, by Jared Diamond, whose previous book that I'd read features in my top 10 non-fiction books of all time, to find out the answer to "why do we do it?" But, alas, in vain.
I learnt about the sexual practices and reproduction methods of baboon, gorilla, chimps, pigeons, frogs, elephants, ants, flies, and million other animals and birds whose name I heard for the first time, but didn't learn why is it fun for us, the humans, to have sex?
Arnab Paul
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
নামটি খুবই রগরগে। মাতৃভাষায় এবিষয় নিয়ে লেখায় শবদচয়নটা বেশ বেসামাল হবে, টের পাচছি।
Why is Sex Fun?: the evolution of human sexuality; Jared Mason Diamond এর বই,মানুষের যৌনতার বিবরতন নিয়ে,১২৮ পৃষঠার।
আডডার ছলে বইটির শুরু,সেভাবেই বলে যাই।ধরুন আপনার পোষা কুকুরকে বাগশকতি আর আপনার মত একটা উননত মসতিষক দেয়া হল।এখন তাকে যদি মানুষের যৌনপরবৃততি নিয়ে পরশন করা হয়,
তো অপার বিসময়ের সাথে তার মনতবয যা যা থাকবে :
মানুষের যৌনতার কোন নিরদিষট ঋতু বা সময়গময় নেই,
সনতান না হবার সমভাবনা থাকলেও তোমাদের যৌনতা থামেনা
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shame on Mr. Diamond for luring me in with this clever title. What this book really is is a scholarly tome for the serious anthropology student. It is interesting that, when it comes to sex, humans do a lot of things very differently than even our closest animal cousins. The book looks at why men have nipples, why humans continue to have sex even during pregnancy when there's no chance of additional procreation, and how various species evolved with obvious or hidden signs of ovulation (complete ...more
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In short, I may describe this book as another diamond from Jared's bag of gems, where he told us a story of human sexuality from the evolutionary perspective. In this book, he described that the attributes of human sexuality e.g. concealed sex, monogamous society, recreational sex, non-existence of male lactation were developed because of specific evolutionary reasons. More interestingly, even the evolution of female menopause is a deceptive game of evolution to make more by making less. He also ...more
Sheikh Rajiuddin
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
চমৎকার বই। সহজ এবং সাধারণ। বিবরতনের পরাথমিক ধারণা থাকলে বইটা পডতে বেশি সবচছনদয হওযা যায বলে মনে হলো। বিবরতনের মূল ধারনাটা না থাকলে বইটা পডতে অবাক লাগবে হযতো।
সবার পডা উচিত।
3.5 stars

I must admit that I would never have picked this book up if I hadn't come to know of Jared Diamond's brilliant writing in his other book: Guns, Germs and Steel. Although human sexuality is an endlessly fascinating topic, books attempting to scrutinize it are all too often filled with nothing more than bumbling rhetorical questions and weird, irrelevant anecdotes. So knowing how amazing Guns, Germs and Steel was, I was fairly confident Jared Diamond would not disappoint in Why Is Sex Fun
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was enjoying it up until he started discussing human lactation which immediately revealed that he knows just about nothing about the subject. "Human lactation is energetically very expensive," and nursing mothers eat like men?

This is hardly the same as eating like an active man: "Studies have shown that most healthy breastfeeding women maintain an abundant milk supply while taking in 1800-2200 (or more) calories per day." "Breastfeeding your baby, on average, burns 200-500 calories per day" -
Kevin Cecil
Jared Diamond does not posses Carl Sagan's gift of enriching all he writes with a grand sense of poetic wonder; he also lacks the verve and wit of a science writer like Phil Plait. Diamond's books, however, are absolutely essential for those seeking to understand our universe and ourselves because he invariably chooses such fascinating topics. From the development of civilizations in his masterpiece GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL, to their potential decline in COLLAPSE, Diamond leaves one with a deeper ...more
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cuốn sách đi theo đề tài tưởng quen mà lạ, tưởng là sách tâm lý/giới tính học ai dè là nhơn chủng học. Đọc xong cuốn này các chị em sẽ biết mình sẽ còn có thể rụng được bao nhiêu trái trứng nữa trong phần đời còn lại? Tại sao mình lại mãn kinh mà 500 anh em không mãn tinh? Đâu là "di sản" tiến hóa tinh hoa nhứt của phụ nữ sau 6 triệu năm? Tại sao ông già 90 tuổi vẫn có thể có con mọn? Hay chơi đố vui tìm thời điểm động dục của loài người hiện đại - aka vì sao homo sapien có thể quan hệ tình dục ...more
May 16, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
You get the feeling reading this that the author has a fair amount of potential. He promises a lot, and sort of delivers. The most interesting bit for me was about why there might be selection pressure for menopause. (This may be disturbing for some to read.) Basically, for most of recent evolutionary history, as a woman gets older, childbirth is more likely to kill her. Because human children are helpless for so long, this will likely kill some of her children too, if she's given birth at all r ...more
Alison Buck
Apr 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thought-provoking across the board and convincing in some places, Diamond makes a evolutionary biology argument that posits part of human distinctiveness arises from our unusual reproductive characteristics: concealed ovulation, recreational sex, and female menopause. Diamond's meditations on how menopause may have been selected for and why men don't breastfeed their children were compelling and carefully argued. When he ventured into the territory of human social arrangements; however, Diamond ...more
Dec 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you picked this book up thinking it was a 150 page Cosmo article you sure were in for something else.
Physiological expert Jared Diamond never fails to answer the questions that everyone asks but quickly dismisses. For a book based on human biology Diamond has the ability to make things simple and understandable for the dedicated reader. Sure he's no Carl Sagan, unlocking the secrets to the universe (unless you're reading Collapse, where he unlocks the secrets to the future of humanity), but
Alan Bevan
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy Jared Diamond's books and this was no exception. It can't be compared to Guns and Germs and Steel because it lacks the depth and breathtaking perspective of that book. Nevertheless, it is an intriguing exploration of the evolution of human sexuality and makes a strong case that we are the animal with the weirdest sex life.

Diamond explores questions I had never previously considered, such as why men don't lactate. That question is of itself interesting but I also found myself refle
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first evolutionary biology book I have ever read and I am mostly new to the subject, so I don't have much to say whether it lacks scientific rigor or not, but it definitely caught my eye and lured me to read more about the subject( neglecting the evident reason that I am a male undergrad!).

His arguments sounds convincing to me as long as they matched my intuitions but I actually never looked for detailed scientific references of his claims.The writing is attractive enough for a read
Jul 02, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It’s so much fun for the same reason that getting smashed is so much fun – you’re not in a normal mental state. Who in their right mind would want to stimulate a part of their body until it swells to bursting with blood, then stick it into a wet and slimy part of another person’s body and gyrate it about until some fluid is released? I think women should have had their vaginas situated on the left shoulder, with men’s penises a specially adapted forefinger. Then you could just politely and hygie ...more
Nov 28, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Andi by: Roos
Shelves: idn, sciences
Isi tidak semenarik judulnya. Seks[ualitas] 'manusia' diperbandingkan dengan 'kerabat-kerabat'nya di dunia hewan. Terlalu banyak fakta yang [terus, terus... dan terus] diulang. Sayangnya, homoseksualitas, masturbasi dan juga 'jumping gender' [sebagai bagian dari evolusi seksual] pada beberapa hewan yang disebutkan dalam buku ini tidak ikut terbahas.

Typo dan terjemahan yang kaku membuat buku ini [agak] membosankan untuk dibaca.
Amirhossein Zakerin
خیلی بحثهای جالب و جذابی داشت در مورد فرگشت و تکامل روابط جنسی در انسانها
در مورد علت لذت بردن انسانها از رابطه جنسی و نیز دلیل تشکیل خانواده ها و تک همسری
در مورد علت یائسگی
در مورد وابستگی زنان به فرزندان و علت آن
در مورد شیردهی و مسئولیتی که برای زنان ایجاد کرده
در مورد نقش منفعل مردان در نگهداری از فرزندان
Pretty cool for a scientific book. Most ideas were discussed thoroughly. However, from time to time the attention of the narrator seemed to drift away and touch other topics that were vaguely in connection to the initial subject. Therefore I think I would have probably liked the book better if it had some sort of system of chapters that corresponded to shorter essays.
Artem Huletski
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
А вот здесь удалось: изложить идеи в научно-популярном стиле, не повторяясь, в небольшом объёме.
Nov 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little bit outdated, maybe, but still a good start in the field.
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Jared Diamond is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs, and Steel. He is Professor of Geography at UCLA and has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He has dedicated this book to his sons and future generations.
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“Perhaps our greatest distinction as a species is our capacity, unique among animals, to make counter-evolutionary choices.” 141 likes
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