There’s no denying that sex is important for most creatures biologically. For humans, the biological imperative of sex has seeped into our psyches over thousands of years worth of evolution, making it more essential than we realize. On The Frontal Cortex, Jonah Lehrer reports on a new column in Mind Matters positing that love and lust have cognitive benefits, significantly affecting test subjects’ abilities to solve logic and insight puzzles. Over on Not Exactly Rocket Science, Ed Yong reports on an exceptionally atypical case of invertebrates that have “abandoned sex altogether” for some 80 million years. Dave Munger of Cognitive Daily covers a study on our responses to emotional and sexual infidelity, which found that women are more sensitive to emotional infidelities and men more sensitive to sexual philandering–largely due to natural selection. PZ Myers praises the physiological phenomenon of the cervix on Pharyngula.
- Love and Creativity on The Frontal Cortex
- Bdelloid rotifers – 80 million years without sex on Not Exactly Rocket Science
- Sex or love: When your partner is unfaithful, what hurts the most? on Cognitive Daily
- Now I want to get a speculum on Pharyngula