不思議なダンス―性行動の生物学 単行本 – 1993/6
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Why are the human penis and testicles so much larger than those of closely related primates? What are the evolutionary purposes of male and female orgasm? Are they different? Why did breasts evolve? In this book, the reader witnesses an evolutionary striptease that shows how human sexuality reaches remotely back in time a long line of nonhuman and inhuman ancestors, from apes to other mammals to reptiles, amphibians, fish and other vertebrates. The authors follow the path of our sexuality all the way back to single cells - promiscuous bacteria, tiny colonial beings incessantly exchanging their genes - and show that virtually all our ancestors have left their mark on human sexuality. --このテキストは、絶版本またはこのタイトルには設定されていない版型に関連付けられています。
For the author, psychoanalysis is not a pseudo-science, but a real method for scientific research. All 'psycho' experiments can in all circumstances be corroborated. This is plain nonsense. Psychoanalysis is not a science, but that doesn't mean that it is without substance, as literature is not without substance.
Lynn Margulis accepts nearly all parts of Freud's theory, and cites without criticism the post-Freudians Lacan (for him, Freud is much more important than Darwin!) and Derrida. Their ridiculous semiotic open (!) texts are a magisterial example of what Jean Fourastie called 'conceptual deliriums', e.g. Lacan's definition of one of the basic elements of his theory, the phallus. One must read it, to believe the plain nonsense of his concepts.
For a severe criticism of Freud, I recommend 'The Memory Wars' by Frederick Crews.
The evolutionary part is better, although it contains a lot of 'ifs' and is more or less a compilation of and comments on citations of others, like S.J. Gould, D. Morris and G.C. Williams.
I prefer the works of Robin Baker, G.C. Williams, or even the 'Darwinian' part of Steven Pinker's 'How the mind works'.
A plus point is the humoristic style (e.g., how God made a lot of mistakes when he created man in his own image) and the popular treatment of a long time taboo subject.
Newcomers will still learn a lot about sex and penises.