Learning to Masturbate in Spain

Extramadura, which is kind of like the Kansas of Spain, has instituted a sex education program for kids between 14 and 17 that is—brace yourself—not freaked out about masturbation.

David Brooks Trips Over His Own Feet

Writing isn't normally considered a high-risk activity, but when your job requires you to come up with 800 words of wisdom and originality to be read by millions week after week, things can go horribly wrong.

The Courage to Quit: U.S. out of Afghanistan

For all his brilliance, President Obama appears to have painted himself into a bloody corner of Afghanistan by following the very American anti-quitting script.

America Eats its Young: Playing Hurt at Fort Hood

America's self-image is founded on denial.We see ourselves as a freedom-loving nation, but no country on Earth has more of its people in cages than we do.Americans see themselves as defending peace in the world, but no country is more war-like.

Fascinating Figures: Andrew Weil

Andrew Weil dreamt of blowing peoples' minds. He wanted to slip past their defenses by impressing them with his impeccable credentials. Then, once accepted as a trusted authority and admired colleague, he'd quietly plant the cognitive bombs.

Did Monogamy Begin 4.4 Million Years Ago?

Prominent anthropologist Owen Lovejoy published a paper called, "Reexamining human origins in light ofArdipithecus Ramidus" last week in which he argues that 4.4 million year-old bits of bone found in Africa demonstrate that our ancestors were joined in pair-bonded couples even then. But to make this all-too-familiar argument, Lovejoy misleads, misunderstands, and misstates his own findings to the point where, if this were a graduate-school paper, his professor would surely demand a re-write. 

Love, Lust, and Letterman

Some women see that many men experience intimacy differently and conclude that men are liars, incapable of feeling "real" love. Others—particularly women from cultures less puritanical about sex than America—conclude simply that we're different, and that some things can be accepted, even if not fully understood.

Destroying Kids to Save Them (From Sex)

America has a long tradition of sacrificing innocents upon the high altar of sexual hypocrisy.

Media Watch: David Gregory (Among Others) is Full of Sh#t

Is David Gregory too stupid to understand that he distorted Carter's words, or does he just not care?

Fascinating Figures: Richard Evans Schultes

Richard Evans Schultes (Jan 12, 1915 - April 10, 2001) was the sort of character Hollywood hasn't the imagination to invent. The true facts of his life make Indiana Jones look like a couch potato.

Sloppy Thinking on Drugs

Even brilliant, informed people can slip into sloppy arguments on the question of drug legalization.

What About the Women?

The Mosuo: A Society Without Fathers or Husbands.

Is Monogamy Incest? (Why Men Cheat, Part I)

Sexual novelty is too important a part of erotic attraction for most men to be completely comfortable with the maxim that sex is all about love, period. Sometimes it is; sometimes it isn't.

Who Destroys the Marriage? Cheating Husband, Betrayed Wife, or Other Woman?

"Making love with a woman and sleeping with a woman are two separate passions, not merely different but opposite. Love does not make itself felt in the desire for copulation (a desire that extends to an infinite number of women) but in the desire for shared sleep (a desire limited to one woman)." —Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Me First, Screw Everyone Else

"The me-first, screw-everyone-else crowd is merely using the argot of fairness, empiricism and morality to hide its real motive: selfish greed."

Circling the Drain

If everyone on Earth adopted American lifestyles, we would need four extra worlds to supply their needs.

America Causes Cancer

We're spending over $630 billion on guns, missiles, and bombs every year, but can't afford less than $1 trillion (over ten years) to insure every American? Really?How much would we spend on the CIA and arms if our enemies were killing 22,000 Americans every year?

On Sex and Violence

If we accept that our species is and always has been optimized for a highly sexual life and that adolescent boys and young men are especially primed for action, why should we be surprised by the destructive frustration that results when this primal drive is thwarted?

Health Care Hypocrisy

Would you like to be on the run from the FBI or the CIA? No, me either. If you were surrounded by hostile forces, who would you call before dialing up the Marines? Would you choose to be protected by any military on Earth before that of the United States? No, I didn't think so. Are you going to bet against the National Health Institute having financed the next Nobel Prize winning medical research? No, not that either.

A Modest Proposal (Now Serving Seniors)

I've been living in Spain for well over a decade, off and on, but I've only recently noticed that all the old people seem to be disappearing.

Fascinating Figures: Oscar Janiger, M.D.

One could argue that there are basically three types of psychiatrists (listed from most common to least common): those who try to keep sick people relatively comfortable and quiet; those who try to make sick people well; and those who try to help "normal" people grow beyond "normality." Dr. Oscar Janiger was certainly of the third category.

When Monkeys Attack

Something snapped in me that afternoon, between the attacking beast and my terrified girlfriend.

Fascinating Figures: Timothy Leary

Timothy Leary was born a rebel and died a rebel, but for years in between he tried hard to toe the line and be "normal" before a horrible birthday present freed him to dance his way into history, barefoot and with flowers in his prematurely gray hair.

Fascinating Figures: John Lilly

Dr. John Lilly was, at various points in his career, a neurophysiologist, biophysicist, computer theorist, dolphin researcher, inventor, drug experimenter, consciousness explorer, and writer. He was the author of ten books, hundreds of scientific articles, and was the prototype for two Hollywood films: Altered States and The Day of the Dolphin.

Fascinating Figures: Alan Watts

Alan Watts was one of the best-known interpreters of Eastern philosophies for the West. He was also a real piece of work.

Men Will Be Boys

How does a guy like John Edwards develop so much intellectual sophistication without even enough emotional/sexual sophistication to detect the obvious manipulations of a Rielle Hunter?
Conservative Brain, Liberal Penis*

Conservative Brain, Liberal Penis*

At what point will we stop pretending that Homo sapiens is a monogamous species? What if the Clintons had simply said, “Our marriage is nobody’s business but ours?"