I listen to a lot of lectures, interviews, and debates on my iPod. It's a great way to upload new knowledge and new ideas to your brain with minimal effort. You can do it while you're exercising or doing chores, while you're walking to work or to class, or while you're lying in bed with a cold or a bout of insomnia. There's some excellent material out there, and almost all of it is free.
From time to time, when I come across something particularly enjoyable or enlightening, I'll post recommendations. To get the ball rolling, let me point you to an interesting talk by bestselling science writer Mary Roach. It's about Roach's 2009 book Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. One of the great things about all of Roach's books is the fascinating real-life characters you get to meet. In the talk, Roach introduces us to some of the cast of characters from Bonk. They include:
Roach's talk also features lots of interesting factoids from the weird and wonderful world of sex research. So, for example:
There's one piece of research that Roach doesn't mention here, but which she covers in her TED talk. The research involved sonographic observations of babies in the womb. The headline discovery was that, even before birth, boys manage to locate their penises with their hands, and that, having done so, they then move their hands "in a fashion resembling masturbation movements". So now you know.
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