Sex, Drugs & Rock n Roll: The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science Paperback – 21 Apr 2015
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A romp through three topics that preoccupy western youth ... perfect to dip in and out of for tasty morsels. (Professor Bruce Hood BBC Focus 2014-08-01)
Awesome (Company 2014-09-01)
An entertaining tour through science (Wired 2014-09-01)
Fascinating (Elle 2014-09-04)
Playful ... In three discrete sections, [Cormier] examines sex, narcotics and music from a scientist's perspective, with surprising rigour and a keen eye for the odd fact. In the process she shows that there's nothing trivial about the study of pleasure. Indeed, you could say that it's our boundless capacity for having a good time that truly makes us human. Cormier certainly thinks so. In the end, Cormier brings all her strands together with some skill and an almost childlike sense of wonder. Ian Dury was right. Sex, Drugs And Rock 'n' Roll is very good indeed. (Daily Mail 2014-08-29)
Not your average science book ... The book buzzes with facts, like bees dizzy from caffeinated pollen. It is a cornucopia of the strange and fascinating. (Max Wallis Independent 2014-09-04)
Fantastic and entertaining .. funny and enlightening ... Cormier is an irreverent guide to this netherworld of scientific discovery, and although she writes here about serious science, she does so with effortless verve and enthusiasm, making the subject matter jump off the page ... As a (former) scientist, I love Guerilla Science's crusade to bring fun and exciting scientific ideas to people who might not normally engage in such stuff, and Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll seems like the perfect vehicle for that. (Doug Johnstone Big Issue 2014-09-04)
A tongue-in-cheek, illuminating investigation into hedonistic pursuits, Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll skilfully argues that these are not just base pursuits ... a funny, fascinating and absorbing study ... an interesting and entertaining read. (Alison Potter Press Association 2014-09-04)
Sex, drugs and rock'n'roll as you've never seen them before - under the microscope.See all Product description
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A philosopher once said "seratonin and dopamine are the only two things we enjoy". This book shows there's so much more going on.
It's busting with astonishing facts, from duck rape (yes) to how four classical singers can harmonise to create a phantom fifth voice. All of which add together to explain how the mind and body crave, and experience, pleasure.
The disclaimer is I know Zoe a little, but that only made me leap at this book. She's a scientist who can make the most arcane neuroscience seem clear.
It's profound, and rigorously footnoted, yet so chatty and funny I think even the most computer addicted teenager would turn off Call of Duty to read it. Needless to say, it's probably the filthiest book ever written.
I once gave a university lecture on hedonism. Turns out this was the book I needed.
Each subject is pretty much separate, with amazing facts thrown at you thick & fast. Unlike some pop-science books, it's witty & well written, and bang up to date. I recommend it to anyone with a brain trying to understand itself.