SEX AT DAWN
How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships
In the tradition of the best historical and scientific writing, SEX AT DAWN unapologetically upends unwarranted assumptions and unfounded conclusions while offering a revolutionary understanding of why we live and love as we do.
How can reality be reconciled with the accepted narrative? It can't be, according to renegade thinkers Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá. While debunking almost everything we "know" about sex, they offer a bold alternative explanation in this provocative and brilliant book.
Ryan and Jethá's central contention is that human beings evolved in egalitarian groups that shared food, child care, and, often, sexual partners. 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. With intelligence, humor, and wonder, Ryan and Jethá show how our promiscuous past haunts our struggles over monogamy, sexual orientation, and family dynamics. They explore 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.
Christopher Ryan received a BA in English and American literature in 1984 and an MA and Ph.D. in psychology from Saybrook University. He spent decades traveling around the world. He decided to pursue doctoral studies in psychology. Drawing upon his multi-cultural experience, his research focused on trying to distinguish the human from the cultural. His doctoral dissertation analyzes the prehistoric roots of human sexuality, and was guided by the world-renowned psychologist, Stanley Krippner. Christopher has lectured at the University of Barcelona Medical School, consulted at hospitals, contributed to publications and tought at hospitals throughout Spain and Latin America. He’s been featured in major national media. He and his work have appeared in many international newspapers. Christopher contributes to both Psychology Today and Huffington Post.
Cacilda Jethá was born in Mozambique. She received most of her education and medical training in Portugal. Cacilda spent seven years as the only physician serving some 50,000 people in a vast rural district in the north of Mozambique. She returned to Portugal, where she completed her medical training in both psychiatry and occupational medicine. She and Christopher currently reside together in Barcelona, Spain, where she is a practicing psychiatrist.