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Sperm Wars: Infidelity, Sexual Conflict, and Other Bedroom Battles Paperback – Deluxe Edition, January 3, 2006
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Dr Robin Baker was born in Wiltshire, England in 1944, and grew up in the small village of Manningford Bruce in the Vale of Pewsey. The tiny 2-room school he attended had fewer than 30 pupils, with all the under 7s taught in one room and all the 7-11 year olds in the other. Between the ages of 11 and 18 he attended the nearby Marlborough Grammar School where coincidentally, 30 years earlier, the author William Golding had also been educated; all later pupils were expected to be very familiar with Golding's classic book LORD OF THE FLIES.
After obtaining a First Class Honours degree in Zoology, then a PhD, at the University of Bristol, Robin Baker lectured in Zoology at the Universities of first Newcastle-upon-Tyne and then Manchester where, in 1981, he became Reader in Zoology in the School of Biological Sciences. In 1996 he left academic life to concentrate on his career in writing and broadcasting.
He has published over one hundred scientific papers and many books. These include the international bestseller SPERM WARS which was based on his own lab's original research on human sexuality and which has so far been translated into 23 languages. His work and ideas on the evolution of human behaviour have been featured in many television programmes around the world.
His first novel PRIMAL - described by many as an adult LORD OF THE FLIES - was published in the UK and USA in 2009. In 2010-11 it will also be published in translation in Holland, Israel, France, Brazil and the Czech Republic.
Since 2002 he has lived in the foothills of the Spanish Sierras with his partner, the writer Elizabeth Oram, and their family. He has six children.
Top Customer Reviews
Original Title: Why do women cheat? If you want to know, read my review--not Robin Baker's book!
"It is not surprising then that, so far, many of Baker's and Bellis' results have failed to stand up to scrutiny...The view of human sperm competition they have perpetuated is little more than sexual fantasy--phallus in wonderland--and I have exorcized it here in order to leave the way clear for a more veracious but no less astonishing account."
(Birkhead, Tim. "Promiscuity: An Evolutionary History of Sperm Competition." Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000, pp. 29)
Oh my...where to start? This book was a very disturbing read, but my innate curiosity and interest in seeking the truth in all things compelled me to read the book with the understanding that sometimes reality isn't as we might have preferred it to have been.
The book is divided into a total of eleven (11) chapters, further subdivided into a total of 37 scenes, in which Baker begins by describing a speculated scene usually involving a woman's conscious or subconscious motives and behavior which might cause her to cheat on her long-term partner. Baker then analyzes the scene using his hypotheses and assertions alleging that females are built to have sex with multiple males and encourage "sperm wars" in order to get the "best" genes for their offspring.Read more ›
The book describes concepts using realistic situations and stories, making the book educational as well as exciting to read.
-Why a woman often feels a strong drive for finding the best genes as well as the best provider, and how she will optimize her sexual strategy if she cannot find a man that satisfies both.
-Why gays and bisexuals are actually the result of specific evolutionary survival strategies.
-How rape plays out in humans and other species.
-How most of a man's sperm is actually created to battle other sperm.
-10% of children are have different fathers than they believe.
-A women is far more likely to conceive through an affair rather than with her boyfriend or husband.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read. Very well written and flows like a page turner while being informative/scientific.Published 3 days ago by Ryan
I give this book four stars because of the allure of its thesis and the relative high quality of the comments. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joe Sherman
I'm trying to write an academic paper on human sexuality and was hoping to use this book as a resource. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gott's Kind
Excellent thesis. Although I am not sure I agree with everything presented. Definitely worth a second read.Published 6 months ago by Paul Peinado
Who KNEW! This little book is full of info re: how the sexual part of the anatomy really works, and too bad that more sexually-active people are not educated on these interesting... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sharon Raymond
Great book! just don't try to convince your girlfriends of any theories you find here-they won't believe it.Published 6 months ago by Era Lifschitz