Sex: The Inner Workings of Attraction, Sex, and Love
Simon LeVay

Sex:  The Inner Workings of Attraction, Sex, and Love

Science is sexy, and the science of sex is doubly sexy—because it’s about sex, after all. Yet there are surprisingly few popular books about sexual science, and most of those that exist are out of date, or are limited in the topics they cover, or are just not scientific. Here are the key features of Sex—The Inside Story that make it unique:

  • The message: Human sexuality begs to be examined through a scientific lens. Doing so leads to discoveries that turn our intuitions upside down.
  • Topics covered include: Is sex necessary? How does sexual arousal happen? How do people get their sexual orientation? What is love? How do “kinks” develop? What makes relationships end or endure? Does porn promote sexual violence? Is sex addiction real?
  • Each chapter gets into the work of just a few leading investigators, focusing on how research is actually done, not just on the findings.
  • Each chapter presents conflicting ideas on a given topic, which generate the motivation for scientific progress. How do controversies arise and how are they resolved? What are the still-unanswered questions?
  •  The book illustrates how research impacts people’s lives and how they view their own sexuality and those of others.
  • What it isn’t: This is not an academic, historical, erotic, confessional, therapeutic, moralizing, how-to, or how-not-to book. It’s a popular science book.

Written by a renowned sex researcher and New York Times best-selling author, Sex—The Inside Story presents ideas about sex that will engage any reader who wants more than “Second-Date Ideas That Beat Dinner and a Movie.”

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  • Author: Simon LeVay
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Simon LeVay

Simon LeVay served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for 13 years and on the faculty of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies for 8 years. Most of his research concerned the function and development of the mammalian visual system, but he also conducted research into the biological basis of human sexual orientation. In 1991 he published a study in Science that drew international attention. This study reported on a structural difference between the brains of heterosexual and homosexual men—specifically, a large difference in the volume of a region of the hypothalamus that is...
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