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By Mark Vernon

Mark Vernon takes his idea from forty two of the funniest, wisest, and quirkiest quotations concerning the large questions in lifestyles, and makes use of those as beginning issues for his great observations. In every one bankruptcy he explains what the best thinkers of all time have needed to say on matters corresponding to everlasting lifestyles, paintings, love and intercourse, and the character of happiness; he attracts his personal conclusions, and may impress you to imagine deeply your self!

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Rather, he wondered whether the loss of the ‘how’ was the outcome of what he termed a scientia sexualis, a science of sex that has perhaps undermined the ancient ars erotica even more profoundly than the first Christians. This brings us back to Professor Holstege’s experiments. Along with others like it, this alternative ‘sex industry’ objectifies lovemaking as profoundly as does any chick flick. It is no doubt aimed at some greater good, such as a cure for impotence or the increase of human knowledge.

Then, between six and eight, a couple of hours drifting in and out of consciousness. The after-effects have persisted during the morning, leaving a mental fog in the soggy gullies of my mind that the clarity of the day can’t quite reach. Such a night serves to remind me of one of the many paradoxes of sleep. For every other bodily pleasure – such as sex, seeing or eating – the more intense the experience the more satisfaction it brings. Sleep is the opposite: less perception is greater pleasure.

On the other hand, his results confirmed that women are skilled enough to fake an orgasm, though not skilled enough to fool the scanner. ’ The difference carried by the addition of that small word is the difference between an approach to sex coloured by anxieties about its goodness and an approach to sex coloured by anxieties about its benefits. Roughly, the story goes that in ancient Athens, the citizens discussed ‘the things of Aphrodite’ under the assumption that everything was possible, because sex was naturally good, but not everything was advisable.

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