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Why is the penis shaped like that? : and other reflections on being human

Author: Jesse Bering
Publisher: London : Doubleday, 2012.
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"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? 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jesse Bering
ISBN: 9780857520470 0857520474 9780857520487 0857520482 9781448111381 1448111382
OCLC Number: 803847380
Description: 1 volume ; 24 cm
Contents: Darwinizing what dangles --
Bountiful bodies --
Minds in the gutter --
Strange bedfellows --
Ladies' night --
The Gayer Science: There's something queer here --
For the Bible tells me so --
Into the deep: Existential lab work.
Responsibility: Jesse Bering.

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