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A fascinating presentation of research but...
am 24. Juli 2014
the author seems to have just finished a college creative writing course. Pages and pages of this book are filled with pointless descriptions of the physical appearance or childhood memories of the scientists whose research is discussed. I found myself skipping these superfluous passages more and more often. The book could have been written in half as many pages... and I suspect that most of the "creative writing" serves as a filler. In fact, the layout of the book (font size, line spacing etc.) all seem to suggest that, had it been published normally, the resultant book would only have been about 50 pages in length.
That being said, these 50 or so pages are filled with very good research. The studies and experiments discussed are fascinating, and also important. In a way the book can be used as a starting point or reference work to gain an overview of the research being done and to find further information.
One last critical point on the chapter discussing animal sexuality: the author seems to be transfixed by rat sexuality, to the point that it got a little annoying. Simply because rats do X or Y does not mean that this is in any way significant for human sexuality. The author seems to have forgotten this. The chapter would have been better spent discussing bonobo sexuality, which really does have implications for human sexuality.