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4.0 out of 5 stars Disgust is good for us, 13 Jan 2014
This review is from: Don't Look, Don't Touch: The science behind revulsion (Hardcover)
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Well worth reading this. It's shorter than you think, as only about 120 pages remain once you've ignored the bibliography and the end notes (which are almost entirely references).

I was only out of my depth a couple of times, which is surprising as this is mostly an extensive review of research on how our natural reaction to threat of parasites has moulded society and our individual behaviour. The link between disgust and morality was interesting - much food for thought there.

I often thought of Mother Theresa of Calcutta while reading about disgust separating social classes.

In some passages the assumption about where in prehistory our current behaviour originated as an evolutionary advantage was just too pat without more explanation.

I was disappointed that there was nothing specific about why small boys enjoy using words to describe defecation, their genitalia and other "disgusting" areas of interest. There must be a reason for that. Girls don't seem to do it, so far as I can remember, so perhaps it's part of that hardening process which the author finds in research - that men are less sensitive than women (who perhaps need to be more fastidious because they are bearing, protecting and raising children).
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