|Co-author couple at Angkor Wat Buddhist temple complex, Cambodia (chrisryanphd.com)|
Mainstream science -- as well as religious and cultural institutions -- has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. But that narrative is collapsing.
Fewer and fewer couples are getting married, and divorce rates keep climbing as adultery and flagging libido drag down even seemingly solid marriages.
|Co-author couple (chrisryanphd.com)|
|They are a couple of 12+ years.|
Weaving together convergent, frequently overlooked evidence from anthropology, archaeology, primatology, anatomy, and psychosexuality, the authors show how far from human nature monogamy really is.
Human beings everywhere and in every era have confronted the same familiar, intimate situations in surprisingly different ways. The authors expose the ancient roots of human sexuality while pointing toward a more optimistic future illuminated by our innate capacities for love, cooperation, and generosity.
- why long-term fidelity can be so difficult for so many;
- why sexual passion tends to fade even as love deepens;
- why many middle-aged men risk everything for transient affairs with younger women;
- why homosexuality persists in the face of standard evolutionary logic; and
- what the human body reveals about the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality.