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  • WHY IS SEX FUN : THE EVOLUTION OF HUMAN SEXUALITY
    WHY IS SEX FUN : THE EVOLUTION OF HUMAN SEXUALITY
    DIAMOND JARED
    ISBN: 9781780226880
    Title: WHY IS SEX FUN : THE EVOLUTION OF HUMAN SEXUALITY
    Author: DIAMOND JARED
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A fascinating insight into how human sexuality came to be the way it is now - Jared Diamond explains why we are different from the animal kingdom.

    Why are humans one of the few species to have sex in private? Why do humans have sex any day of the month or year, including when the female is pregnant, beyond her reproductive years, or between her fertile cycles? Why are human females one of the few mammals to go through menopause?Human sexuality seems normal to us but it is bizarre by the standards of other animals. Jared Diamond argues that our strange sex lives were as crucial to our rise to human status as were our large brains. He also describes the battle of the sexes in the human and animal world over parental care, and why sex differences in the genetic value of parental care provide a biological basis for the all-too-familiar different attitudes of men and women towards extramarital sex.

    Imprint: PHOENIX
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WHY ITS NOT ALL ROCKET SCIENCE : SCIENTIFIC THEORIES AND EXPERIMENTS EXPLAINED
    WHY ITS NOT ALL ROCKET SCIENCE : SCIENTIFIC THEORIES AND EXPERIMENTS EXPLAINED
    CAVE ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780500292006
    Title: WHY ITS NOT ALL ROCKET SCIENCE : SCIENTIFIC THEORIES AND EXPERIMENTS EXPLAINED
    Author: CAVE ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2016 NEW RELEAS

    In Why It's Not All Rocket Science, Robert Cave examines 100 extraordinary projects, theories and experiments that have been conducted in the name of science. Some, including various nuclear tests, have attracted controversy and hostility; others, such as Johann Wilhelm Ritter's erotic self-experiments with a voltaic pile, seem downright weird. But Cave demonstrates, thoroughly and informatively, that it is only by doggedly asking awkward questions, and paying close attention to the answers, that scientists have been able to make progress. From spider monkeys to human cyborgs, and from swimming in syrup to chaos theory, Cave places each experiment and discovery in its scientific context to present an entertaining guide to some of the most jaw-dropping entries in the history of science. Why It's Not All Rocket Science contains chapters on the brain, the body, society and communications, planet Earth and the Universe, and to read it is to gain startling insights into why scientists seem to behave so oddly, and how their brilliant if sometimes bizarre work benefits all of society.


    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • WHY SCIENCE DOES NOT DISPROVE GOD
    WHY SCIENCE DOES NOT DISPROVE GOD
    ACZEL AMIR
    ISBN: 9780062230607
    Title: WHY SCIENCE DOES NOT DISPROVE GOD
    Author: ACZEL AMIR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    By a renowned science writer, a much-needed, clear-eyed presentation of the fact that faith in God and empirical science are by no means mutually exclusive.

    Has our knowledge of current science indeed disproved the existence of God? Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Lawrence Krauss, highly esteemed scientists and writers in their recent books all posit that we have no choice but to accept that the creation of the universe came out of nothing.

    Amir Aczel, much published science author with a PhD in mathematics, disagrees and demonstrates in multiple ways that science has as yet in no way provided definitive proof that the assumption of a Creator must be false. To nail down this thesis, Aczel offers brilliant and incisive analyses of the theories and findings of such titans as Albert Einstein, Roger Penrose, Alan Guth, and Charles Darwin, all of whose major breakthroughs without question leave open the possibility and even the strong likelihood of a Creator. Aczel also lucidly discourses on arcane aspects of physics and shows that quantum theory, the anthropic principle, the fine-tuned dance of protons and quarks, the existence of anti-matter and the theory of parallel universes also all fail to disprove a Creator.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WILD : AN ELEMENTAL JOURNEY
    WILD : AN ELEMENTAL JOURNEY
    GRIFFITHS JAY
    ISBN: 9780141006444
    Title: WILD : AN ELEMENTAL JOURNEY
    Author: GRIFFITHS JAY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'I took seven years over this work, spent all I had, my time, money and energy. Part of the journey was a green riot and parts a deathly bleakness. I got ill, I got well. I went to the freedom fighters of West Papua and sang my head off in their highlands. I met cannibals infinitely kinder and more trustworthy than the murderous missionaries who evangelise them. I anchored a boat to an iceberg where polar bears slept; ate witchetty grubs and visited sea gypsies. I found a paradox of wildness in the glinting softness of its charisma, for what is savage is in the deepest sense gentle and what is wild is kind. In the end - a strangely sweet result - I came back to a wild home ... '

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $26.95

    Price: $26.95
  • WILD BAROSSA : HOW PLANTS PEOPLE AND WILDLIFE CONNECT
    WILD BAROSSA : HOW PLANTS PEOPLE AND WILDLIFE CONNECT
    HALL CHRIS
    ISBN: 9780994613905
    Title: WILD BAROSSA : HOW PLANTS PEOPLE AND WILDLIFE CONNECT
    Author: HALL CHRIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    South Australia’s Barossa is a famous wine region, plus it is a vast naturepark, where wildlife is adopting and adapting to vineyards. Too often we see plants and wildlife as being separate, but Wild Barossa joins the dots and deepens our understanding of the natural world.

    Imprint: DIRECT FROM SUPPLIER
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WOMAN WHO CHANGED HER BRAIN   -   Revised Edition
    WOMAN WHO CHANGED HER BRAIN - Revised Edition
    ARROWSMITH-YOUNG BARBARA
    ISBN: 9781460752692
    Title: WOMAN WHO CHANGED HER BRAIN - Revised Edition
    Author: ARROWSMITH-YOUNG BARBARA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Barbara Arrowsmith-Young was born with severe learning disabilities that caused teachers to label her slow, stubborn - or worse. As a child, she read and wrote everything backward, struggled to process concepts in language, continually got lost, and was physically uncoordinated. She could make no sense of an analogue clock. But by relying on her formidable memory and iron will, she made her way to graduate school, where she chanced upon research that inspired her to invent cognitive exercises to "fix" her own brain. the Woman Who Changed Her Brain interweaves her personal tale with riveting case histories from her more than thirty years of working with both children and adults. Recent discoveries in neuroscience have conclusively demonstrated that, by engaging in certain mental tasks or activities, we actually change the structure of our brains-from the cells themselves to the connections between cells. the capability of nerve cells to change is known as neuroplasticity, and Arrowsmith-Young has been putting it into practice for decades. With great inventiveness, after combining two lines of research, Barbara developed unusual cognitive calisthenics that radically increased the functioning of her weakened brain areas to normal and, in some areas, even above normal levels. She drew on her intellectual strengths to determine what types of drills were required to target the specific nature of her learning problems, and she managed to conquer her cognitive deficits.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WOMEN AFTER ALL : SEX EVOLUTION AND THE END OF MALE SUPREMACY
    WOMEN AFTER ALL : SEX EVOLUTION AND THE END OF MALE SUPREMACY
    KONNER MELVIN
    ISBN: 9780393352313
    Title: WOMEN AFTER ALL : SEX EVOLUTION AND THE END OF MALE SUPREMACY
    Author: KONNER MELVIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    There is a human genetic fluke that is surprisingly common, due to a change in a key pair of chromosomes. In the normal condition the two look the same, but in this disorder one is malformed and shrunken beyond recognition. The result is a shortened life span, higher mortality at all ages, an inability to reproduce, premature hair loss, and brain defects variously resulting in attention deficit, hyperactivity, conduct disorder, hypersexuality and an enormous excess of both outward and self-directed aggression. It is called maleness. Melvin Konner traces the arc of evolution to explain the relationships between women and men. With patience and wit he explores the knotty question of whether men are necessary in the biological destiny of the human race. He draws on multiple, colourful examples from the natural world-such as the mating habits of the octopus, black widow, angler fish and jacana-and argues that maleness in humans is hardly necessary to the survival of the species. In characteristically humorous and engaging prose, Konner sheds light on our biologically different identities, while noting the poignant exceptions that challenge the male/female divide. We meet hunter-gatherers such as those in Botswana, whose culture gave women a prominent place, invented the working mother, and respected women's voices around the fire. Recent human history has upset this balance, as a dense world of war fostered extreme male dominance. But our species has been recovering over the past two centuries, and an unstoppable move toward equality is afoot. It will not be the end of men, but it will be the end of male supremacy and a better, wiser world for women and men alike.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $23.95

    Price: $23.95
  • YOUR BRAIN IS A TIME MACHINE : THE NEUROSCIENCE AND PHYSICS OF TIME
    YOUR BRAIN IS A TIME MACHINE : THE NEUROSCIENCE AND PHYSICS OF TIME
    BUONOMANO DEAN
    ISBN: 9780393247947
    Title: YOUR BRAIN IS A TIME MACHINE : THE NEUROSCIENCE AND PHYSICS OF TIME
    Author: BUONOMANO DEAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: WILEY
    RRP: $38.95
    Price: $38.95
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