In Lousy Sex Gerald Callahan explores the science of self,
illustrating the immune system's role in forming individual
identity. Blending the scientific essay with deeply personal
narratives, these poignant and enlightening stories use
microbiology and immunology to explore a new way to answer the
question, who am I?
"Self" has many definitions. Science has demonstrated that 90
percent of the cells in our bodies are bacteria-we are in many
respects more non-self than self. In Lousy Sex, Callahan
considers this microbio-neuro perspective on human identity
together with the soulful, social perception of self, drawing on
both art and science to fully illuminate this relationship.
In his stories about where we came from and who we are, Callahan
uses autobiographical episodes to illustrate his scientific points.
Through stories about the sex lives of wood lice, the biological
advantages of eating dirt, the question of immortality, the
relationship between syphilis and the musical genius of Beethoven,
and more, this book creates another way, a chimeric way, of seeing
ourselves. The general reader with an interest in science will find
Lousy Sex fascinating.
Subjects: General Science, Biological Sciences, Health Sciences
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