Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll

Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll

The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science

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A scientific exploration of how hedonistic impulses have been integral to progress explores the work of cutting-edge innovators while examining how their pursuits raise philosophical questions about what it means to be happy. 30,000 first printing.

Perseus Publishing
What led scientists to have acrobats copulate inside an MRI machine? Why do wordless patterns of sound send shivers down our spines and tickle ancient parts of our brains? How did a chemist's quest to create a drug to ease the pain of childbirth result in the creation of LSD? And did it change our understanding of the brain forever?

From tortoiseshell condoms to superstar athletes on hallucinogens, science writer Zoe Cormier dissects these and other burning questions, amplifying them with insights from some of the world's bravest, cleverest, and downright weirdest scientists.

Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll explores science at the edge, where scientists ask big, strange questions—and sometimes experiment on themselves to find answers. It shines a light into the lesser-known corners of scientific research to gain insight into the nature of consciousness, happiness, and humanity. Not to mention our parties.

Here are stories of unconventional scientists, innovative inquiries, hedonistic impulses—and how the renegades of science have illuminated the secrets of our baser impulses.

A popular science book on the enduring appeal of the holy trinity of Sex, Drugs, and Music, and how hedonistic impulses have also been integral to progress and science


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Cormier explores the science of pleasure, its importance in our everyday lives, and what makes us human--our base, animalistic, pursuits. Specifically, this book traverses the centuries of scientific research gathered on our pursuit of copulation, self-dosing in order to trigger the release of biochemicals, and making loud noises in the form of rock music. Divided into sections on sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll, the book covers the science behind such topics as the clitoris, sperm bombs, orgasm, addiction, drug-induced intellectual pursuits, our attraction to bass, and much more. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

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A scientific exploration of how hedonistic impulses have been integral to progress explores the work of cutting-edge innovators while examining how their pursuits raise philosophical questions about what it means to be happy.

Publisher: Boston, MA :, Da Capo Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group,, 2015
Edition: First Da Capo Press edition
Description: xix, 327 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780306823930
0306823934
Branch Call Number: 500 Cor

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juan1964
Jul 06, 2017

Really enjoyed this book. A fun and informative read.

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JLMason
Aug 26, 2015

Some interesting facts presented at the popular science level, but written in what has become that irritating style of aside jokes and bad puns found in similar pop science books (e.g. books by Mary Roach). You can skim read it in about 2 hours as about half of the sentences have no information in them.

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StarGladiator
Apr 19, 2015

Science Rock Superstar: Zoe Cormier! A 20 starred book! What an outstanding book. This lady author knows how to make science both highly and easily readable and yes . . . Steven Pinker [of whom I am a fan] does get his comeuppance! A colossal read for science seekers.

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