- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Plume; 1 edition (May 29, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0452297877
- ISBN-13: 978-0452297876
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 139 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Billion Wicked Thoughts: What the Internet Tells Us About Sexual Relationships Paperback – May 29, 2012
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Ogi Ogas studies computational models of memory, learning, and vision. He was a Department of Homeland Security Fellow.
Sai Gaddam studies large-scale data analysis and serves as a data mining consultant in India. They both received their Ph.D.s in computational neuroscience from Boston University.
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It's incredible how much about human nature can be inferred through a few keystrokes and reading patterns, and long as you aggregate information into sizable data sets. You'll learn that women have a higher tendency to ruminate over emotional situations and can do so with speed. Women prefer men that are in professions associated with status and confidence e.g. romantic novels seldom mention blue-collar workers. In Romance novels written in the 1970s and 1980s, the hero in the story would be sexually aggressive - the book tells us why women's sophisticated machinery to look for cues in partners like security don't alone absolve them of such fantasies due to complex interactions of different psychological adaptations and preferences.
I learnt a whole lot more; the variety of information covering myriad nuances of desire can get overwhelming to digest. In societies such as the Yanomamo in the Amazon where the males that mate the most are those that have the highest number of kills & the Ilongots of the Philippines that present torn heads for courtship - women don't mind the violence as long as they themselves manage to capture the alpha's tender sensitive side. In the book, the same is inferred from internet searches by women who look for fantasies that are misogynistic on the surface but offer the same final consolation or expectation to those women.
Countless phenomenon are observed that are not necessarily obvious, such as the popularity of courtship-cue rich romance novels that thrive because in terms of neural wiring, women's physical and psychological stimulation is disconnected, and the novels provide direct access to the latter. (Researched by Meridith Chivers).
If you're already invested time into reading popular books on evolutionary psychology such as The Evolution of Desire: likely Strategies of Human Mating or any related course textbook, you'll find a good deal of repetition - but instead of boring you, the book will likely provide information to further convince you of the empirical backings of evolutionary narratives that you're normally accustomed to.
As long as the reader can look through the bias that writers sometimes throw into their text (referring to things as "strange" and other quality accessing rather than sticking to facts) the book is fantastic. Much better than the sex negative anti porn stuff you read on the internet these days, such as the cult Your Brain On Porn. These writers actually read other academic writings related to their topics and cite their relevant sources.