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About Christopher Ryan
Chris has been a featured speaker all over the world, from TED in Long Beach, CA to Ciudad de las Ideas in Mexico, to the Festival of Dangerous Ideas at the Sydney Opera House. He's consulted at various hospitals, provided expert testimony in a Canadian constitutional case, and contributed to publications both scholarly and popular.
Even before co-authoring the New York Times best-seller, Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What it Means for Modern Relationships, with partner-in-crime, Cacilda Jethá, MD, he was on a wild ride. After receiving a BA in English and American literature in 1984 he spent several decades traveling around the world, pausing in unexpected places to work at decidedly odd jobs (e.g., gutting salmon in Alaska, teaching English to prostitutes in Bangkok and self-defense to land-reform activists in Mexico, managing commercial real-estate in New York's Diamond District, helping Spanish physicians publish their research). In his mid-30s, Chris decided to pursue doctoral studies in Psychology.
Drawing upon his multi-cultural experience, Chris' research focused on distinguishing the human from the cultural, first by focusing on shamanism and ethnobotony--studying how various societies interact with novel states of consciousness and sacred plants--and later, by looking at similarly diverse cultural perspectives on sexuality. His doctoral dissertation analyzed the prehistoric roots of human sexuality, and was guided by the world-renowned psychologist, Stanley Krippner, at Saybrook Graduate School, in San Francisco, CA.
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Cacilda Jethá has an Indian face, a European education, and an African soul. She was born in Mozambique to a family that had immigrated two generations earlier from Goa, India. As a child, she fled civil war to Portugal, where she received most of her education and medical training before returning to Mozambique in the late 1980s. A young physician determined to help heal her country, Cacilda spent seven years as the only physician serving some 50,000 people in a vast rural district in the north of the country. While there, Cacilda also conducted research (funded by the World Health Organization) on the sexual behavior of rural Mozambicans in order to help design more effective AIDS prevention efforts.
After almost a decade in Mozambique, Cacilda returned to Portugal, where she completed her medical residency training in both psychiatry (at the prestigious Hospital de Julio de Matos in Lisbon) and occupational medicine.
She and Christopher Ryan currently divide their time between Portland, Oregon and Barcelona, Spain. She speaks Portuguese, French, Spanish, Catalán, English, and some rusty Swahili.
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“Sex at Dawn challenges conventional wisdom about sex in a big way. By examining the prehistoric origins of human sexual behavior the authors are able to expose the fallacies and weaknesses of standard theories proposed by most experts. This is a provocative, entertaining, and pioneering book. I learned a lot from it and recommend it highly.” — Andrew Weil, M.D.
“Sex at Dawn irrefutably shows that what is obvious—that human beings, both male and female, are lustful—is true, and has always been so…. The more dubious its evidentiary basis and lack of connection with current reality, the more ardently the scientific inevitability of monogamy is maintained—even as it falls away around us.” — Stanton Peele, Ph.D.
A controversial, idea-driven book that challenges everything you (think you) know about sex, monogamy, marriage, and family. In the words of Steve Taylor (The Fall, Waking From Sleep), Sex at Dawn is “a wonderfully provocative and well-written book which completely re-evaluates human sexual behavior and gets to the root of many of our social and psychological ills.”
Most of us have instinctive evidence the world is ending—balmy December days, face-to-face conversation replaced with heads-to-screens zomboidism, a world at constant war, a political system in disarray. We hear some myths and lies so frequently that they feel like truths: Civilization is humankind’s greatest accomplishment. Progress is undeniable. Count your blessings. You’re lucky to be alive here and now. Well, maybe we are and maybe we aren’t. Civilized to Death counters the idea that progress is inherently good, arguing that the “progress” defining our age is analogous to an advancing disease.
Prehistoric life, of course, was not without serious dangers and disadvantages. Many babies died in infancy. A broken bone, infected wound, snakebite, or difficult pregnancy could be life-threatening. But ultimately, Ryan argues, were these pre-civilized dangers more murderous than modern scourges, such as car accidents, cancers, cardiovascular disease, and a technologically prolonged dying process? At a time when our ecology, our society, and our own sense of selves feels increasingly imperiled, an accurate understanding of our species’ long prelude to civilization is vital to a clear sense of the ultimate value of civilization—and its costs. In Civilized to Death, Ryan makes the claim that we should start looking backwards to find our way into a better future.
Desde los tiempos de Darwin, nos han contado que nuestra especie tiende naturalmente a la monogamia sexual. Pero, ¿cómo podemos conciliar la realidad, mucho menos monógama, con este tipo de discurso? En el principio era el sexo, siguiendo la tradición de la mejor literatura histórica y científica, da la vuelta con insolencia a postulados injustificados y a conclusiones sin fundamento, ofreciendo a cambio una forma revolucionaria de entender por qué vivimos y amamos como lo hacemos.
Interviews with Asa Akira, Wednesday Martin, Reid Mihalko, Zhana Vrangalova, and Angela White. Each of them are, in their own ways, taking on the status quo and spreading the subversive, liberating, and life-enhancing truth that sex is nothing to be ashamed of -- unless shame turns you on!
Dieses Buch stellt so ziemlich alles infrage, was wir bislang über Partnerschaft, Ehe und Gesellschaft geglaubt haben. Die beiden Autoren untersuchen die prähistorischen Wurzeln der menschlichen Sexualität und hinterfragen, welches Sexual- und Paarungsverhalten das natürliche ist. Die Veranlagung zur Monogamie, die Darwin und nach ihm viele Evolutionsbiologen konstatierten, ist eine krasse Fehlinterpretation. Die Autoren greifen die Wurzeln unseres Verständnisses von Ehe, Partnerschaft und Gesellschaft an und argumentieren damit gegen eine ganze Zunft, die Monogamie als genetische anthropologische Konstante betrachtet.
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Non contenti della “narrazione standard” (di Sarah Blaffer Hrdy) che prevede la coppia esclusiva basata sullo scambio: la donna in cambio di carne (cibo) e di protezione per i figli dà all’uomo la certezza (con la fedeltà) che i figli siano suoi, i due autori mettono in campo un vero e proprio armamentario di dati su tribù del presente e del passato la cui sessualità non ripercorre lo schema predetto.