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Evolutionary Mysteries of Love and Relationships

Evolutionary Mysteries of Love and Relationships

 

Discover the mysteries of life and relationship through the perspective of a truly renaissance scholar, David Barash, professor of psychology at University of Washington and author of over 30 books on topics including animal sociobiology to human evolutionary psychology. This fascinating conversation travels through the evolutionary mysteries of sexuality and illuminates our fundamental  human propensity towards peace. David has spoken and written extensively on the conundrum of human development and enlightens us from every angle. This is a conversation not to be missed.

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David Barash,  professor of psychology at University of Washington since 1973 and author of over 30 books on a diverse range of subjects from sociobiology to evolutionary psychology. He has also been active in researching, writing and teaching in the field of Peace Studies since the early 1980′s. In addition he has written eight books with his wife of over 30 years on they mysteries of human sexuality including: How Women Got Their Curves and Other Just-So Stories, and recently Strange Bedfellows: the surprising connection between sex, evolution and monogamy. His most recent book, co-authored with his wife, Judith Eve Lipton is Payback: why we retaliate, redirect aggression and seek revenge.

What makes David’s writing so deeply insightful is how he weaves his training in biology with his inquiry of human psychology, offering a unique perspective of how biology affects behavior including gender differences, reproductive strategies and the troubling problems of violence. Combining this with his interest in Buddhism and existentialism, David’s science is a philosophy which enlightens the core questions at the heart of life’s meaning.

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Wendy Strgar, founder and CEO of Good Clean Love, is a loveologist who writes and lectures on Making Love Sustainable, a green philosophy of relationships which teaches the importance of valuing the renewable resources of love, intimacy and family.  In her new book, Love that Works: A Guide to Enduring Intimacy,  she tackles the challenging issues of sustaining relationships and healthy intimacy with an authentic and disarming style and simple yet innovative adviceIt has been called "the essential guide for relationships."  The book is available on ebook.  Wendy has been married for 27 years to her husband, a psychiatrist, and lives with their four children ages 13- 22 in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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8:01AM PDT on Apr 6, 2013

Should we really behave like animals?

1:58AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

Thank you :)

12:45AM PDT on Jul 3, 2012

Thank you for this article.

12:52PM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

thnx

7:44AM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

Jessi is perfectly right: love doesn't exist, it's a lie, like Santa Claus!

7:44AM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

Disgusting!

9:11PM PST on Feb 24, 2012

I enjoyed David's talk on evolutionary psychology very much. Everything he said made perfect sense. It was so refreshing to hear facts instead of incessant blabbering about imaginary "God", "praying" and putting yourself in a trance. The talk was long but it needed to be, because the issues are complex. What he said about monogamy is what I've been saying all along. If two people have a very strong bond at the very beginning they will go through hell and high water, work at it and "resist" temptation because they WANT to stay together. Society has given everybody the impression that we will all find our soulmate but in reality only 1 million out of 310 million people ever do. Monogamy isn't natural in most cases but it can work if both people have a "desire" to overcome, do the work and fight their natural instincts. His views on war were very truthful as well.

10:53PM PST on Feb 23, 2012

Thanks, I am glad to hear that we have a fundamental human propensity toward peace, but I just wonder why there are always wars going on either in one country or another and at times we've had even world wars and on a societal level, too, all the crime that takes place every day, and what about domestic violence? Have we just not evolved yet enough to overcome these aggressive tendencies? I would like to think that this may be the case. That perhaps conscious evolution where we become the most important elements in shaping our future- that we will be compelled to evolve to this level where we see that we have to unite and live in harmony so that we can put our energies and resources into solving the biggest problems facing our species.

1:29PM PST on Feb 22, 2012

Thanks for the postie.

6:51AM PST on Feb 22, 2012

OMG the worst intro jingle and worst theme song...what an ordeal to have to wait through.

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