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

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.

Fascinating Figures: Andrew Weil

Andrew Weil dreamt of blowing peoples' minds.

Did Monogamy Begin 4.4 Million Years Ago?

Seeking monogamy, scientists too often find it—evidence be damned!

Love, Lust, and Letterman

Can men experience "real love" or just lust?

Destroying Kids to Save Them (From Sex)

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

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.

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?

On Sex and Violence

Does sexual frustration make some men killers?

Health Care Hypocrisy

"Government's inept?" Tell the Marines while they kick your ass.

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.

LSD was once prescribed as a window that opened inward.

On Oral Sex and the Moonshot

Forty years ago, the kid next door went to the moon.

When Monkeys Attack

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

Fascinating Figures: Timothy Leary

Come together, right now, over Timothy Leary.

Fascinating Figures: John Lilly

Dr. John Lilly was, at various points, a neurophysiologist, biophysicist, computer theorist, dolphin researcher, inventor, drug experimenter, consciousness explorer, and writer.

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

Why are powerful men so clueless about sex?

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?"

Evolutionary Psychology Deserves Criticism

While some of the common criticisms of EP are a bit weak and EP has some theoretical strengths, fellow blogger Dr. Saad overstates things by dismissing Sharon Begley's objections.

Obama Kills a Fly

Does Obama's fly-swat offer political insight?