Monthly Archives: April 2016

Dr. Glenn Geher on Human Mating Intelligence

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We welcome friend of the show Dr. Glenn Geher to discuss human mating intelligence. Glenn is an expert in the field of evolutionary psychology and has a wealth of fascinating research to share on the origins of species – if listeners have ever wanted a crash course in evolutionary thought, this is an excellent primer. Topics include: the attractiveness of creativity and humor from an evolutionary perspective, the many causes of human behavior, human universals vs. individual differences, how our evolutionary hard-wiring affects modern behavior and much more. Conversation really flows in this episode as we discuss what people find attractive in potential mates.. For more information, check out Glenn and Scott’s book Mating Intelligence Unleashed!

 

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“Glenn Geher is Chair of the Psychology and Director of Evolutionary Studies at SUNY New Paltz, where he won the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Geher founded the NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society (NEEPS) and is co-founder of the international Evolutionary Studies (EvoS) Consortium, funded by the National Science Foundation. He is particularly interested in how evolution can help us understand all facets of the human animal and his many publications help us move toward this goal. His work has been featured in many media outlets–ranging from Psychology Today to Cosmopolitan to the Chronicle of Higher Education.” Blurb taken from amazon.com

Dr. Susan Block on Releasing Your Inner Bonobo

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Dr. Susan Block is a world renowned sex therapist, radio talk show host and expert on the culture of the bonobo great ape. Needless to say, this is an especially interesting episode! We explore how pleasure can be a guiding principle in the good life, when it is tempered with kindness and a sense of meaning. We discuss the methods and positive outcomes of erotic theater therapy. We cover different cultural perspectives on sex, sexual identity, taboos and repression. We take a deep look into the culture of the Bonobo great ape, who is one of our closest relatives in the animal kingdom, to see how they might teach us about forming a more peaceful society – they have never been seen killing each other in the wild or in captivity! Other topics include female empowerment, asexuality, polygamy and politics. This episode contains material that may be graphic for some of our younger viewers, but it is an enlightening look into the psychology of sex and the good life.

 

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“Susan Marilyn Block, Ph.D. is the founder and director of the Dr. Susan Block Institute for the Erotic Arts & Sciences. A world-renowned sexologist and best-selling author whose newest book, The Bonobo Way: The Evolution of Peace through Pleasure,, is garnering great critical acclaim, Dr. Block is perhaps best known for her popular HBO specials. A magna cum laude graduate with distinction from Yale University, she received her doctorate in philosophy with a major in psychology from California Miramar University, as well as an honorary doctorate of the arts from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. One of the top contributors to the new Wiley-Blackwell International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality, having written articles on the subjects of cuckoldingfetish, spankingphone sex and striptease, she also wrote the foreword for the recently released collection, Ecosexuality: When Nature Inspires the Arts of Love.” –Blurb taken from drsusanblockinstitute.com