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Why is the Penis Shaped Like That? by Jesse Bering
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Jul 22, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012, genre-science, lgbtq, summer-2012

Jesse Bering reports on scientific ideas that many would consider taboo, such as the position of testicles, the evolutionary significance of the female orgasm, zoophilia, and of course why the human penis is shaped the way it is. (It turns out that it's meant to "plunge" out the semen of a competing male.) Bering is a cognitive psychologist and evolutionary scientist, two areas that greatly interest me. The psychological/neuroscientific issues he investigates include the adaptation of suicide and the existence of humor in other animals. A worthwhile read that will have me look at certain aspects of being human very differently from now on.

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