Anatomy of Sex

Anatomy of Sex

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Anatomy of SexAs one young couple settles down to start a family, learn how biological and evolutionary forces conspire to keep the human race running.

Our bodies work in specific, subtle ways for one reason only: making more humans. Travel inside the body to see what happens to both men and women when attraction occurs and when orgasm finally ensures the possibility of replicating ourselves.

Learn why humans are one of only 3% of all mammal species that require both a male and a female for care giving.

And discover the evolutionary significance behind the fact that humans mate front to front – when all other species prefer front to back.

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Raforce
Raforce
1 year ago

Evolutionary psychology is very controversial...there is a lot of evidence to support it as a theory and a lot of evidence to counter it as well. Human beings are very complex sexually and in many ways which this documentary fails to address.

Marcel van Delft
Marcel van Delft
11 years ago

Part 2 is deleted from youtube :(

Razhan Qadir
Razhan Qadir
12 years ago

We were not Apes !!

Godsclaws
Godsclaws
12 years ago

this doco lost me at "and this is how your brain processes a kiss..." meh.... next....

Yusiley S
Yusiley S
12 years ago

This documentary explains shit that sex ed in the 4th grade has already taught me. It doesn't explain on a biological level why there are curtain humans who are sexually attracted to other species and wants to mate with them.It also doesn't explain sexual disorders like being attracted to inanimate objects etc. This doc is just a poor excuse to showcase porn. >_>

DTOM6740
DTOM6740
12 years ago

Evolution is a lie..! If it were true monkeys/apes would still be evolving. "One day we stood up" LOL!

Lui
Lui
13 years ago

PS: Eric, as much as I have tried to better understand your points, please, contribute a little to what the main purpose of this blog was regarding such film instead of pushing your very unclear thoughts while pushing onto everyone your own believes, because basically you just do not make sense. Every point you try to make yeah you use big and theoretical points and words, but in the end you go about 50 circles within one point and end up pushing on 100 thoughts into one simple explanation and then pretend you are a super being and everyone else is ignorant to your comments why? because you make no sense? NO... because if you could actually answer one comment with a simple answer (as much as I can tell it can be hard for you without showing off your ideological thoughts of super intelligence) you might actually end up answering something..
please man, grow up, your inner thoughts of you super IQ makes no difference if you can not even put a point across.!

Lui
Lui
13 years ago

OK.. I really do not understand whats wrong with all of you. To tell you the truth, this is just a film of what SOME scientists have done to better understand the facts and the how and when things happen within our bodies during the act of sex. They are not involving religion, mathematics, or any other kind of thing into their results. These scientists are not here showing you how math or religion or w/e you all want to argue in here interact with sex, but how sex looks, starts, acts and ends.
What is all this about your mathematics of sex, self understanding or religious views on this film? This is again just a film explaining how these scientists view the act of sex through what science has provided AS TOOLS to better view, understand and learn from such experiments.
And everyone here using their metaphors and theories of their own views on what these film should represent, instead of what the film shows so people who know very little of what really happens within the act of sex besides what is externally viewed means and therefore better understand what happens within their bodies and the actual act..
Please, people, refrain from your ideological thoughts of your own inner IQ's of 200+ and how bout simply understanding that THIS IS A FILM THAT SHOWS PEOPLE WHAT SEX LOOKS LIKE FROM WITHIN along with A SMALL REFERENCE OF WHERE IF CAME FROM AND WHAT IT WAS MEANT FOR.
I mean please, its on your LOCAL CABLE show..

Mary Power
Mary Power
13 years ago

The comment's are better than the film :-)

eric
eric
13 years ago

memory is the past, the known(i know you) and yes it is you having the semantics problem and you must admit that to yourself cause it is not wrong and ofcourse that the memory or the image or the known which is the past is not the thing, but do you see that actually? which is do you see that, not from memory, or what is known, cause as we are saying, the past can never be the thing, but merely a memory a image of what is, just as the footprints in snow that fade over time :)))) and ofcourse the knowledge in a book is distinct but none the less underneath that distinction it is all memories, from things you either observe yourself or reitarete from the documented observation of someone else, which became memory, the known, and how one comes to say they know. but we are then approaching the question, is there any kind of learning, knowing which is different?

Epicurean_Logic
Epicurean_Logic
13 years ago

I am not sure if we are just disagreeing over semantics here eric or if there is some other disagreement. Memory is clearly a stored image of a past event. Just not the exact same thing as the event. If you disagree with this then consider this: two people observe the same single event and are asked 1 week later to recall the event to the best of their ability in as much detail as possible. will there be differences in the two descriptions of the same thing? Your own memory of an event taken 1 week, 1 year and one decade after the event. Will they be the same? Why/ why not?

Other discrepancies occur in the transition between thought and wording? These questions lead neatly into your second statement that we touched on. Memory is not knowledge . It Is the location where images and thoughts are stored but we cannot call this knowledge! Until it is expressed in words, how can you be sure that you image/thought does not contain some error in it? Some missed train of logic? Missing information perhaps? We cannot classify thoughts as knowledge until they are expressed in words.

As stated before in this post there is a transition between thought and word - much is lost, unclearly stated and these are the reasons that there is a requirement for worded knowledge as opposed to internal images or thoughts defined as knowledge.

This is exactly the purpose of philosophy - The clarification of thought.

eric
eric
13 years ago

epicurean if you accept that when something is stored in the brain it is not a thing of the past, then I really have very little to say; this conversation is taking place on that basis and you dont see that which is so obvious, if you do not see this fact that memory which is remembrance is something of the past and that remembrance is a recall in the present of something that was... then we cannot continue; and is that still what you accept with the complications aside? since I am responding to a comment which was, right?

Epicurean_Logic
Epicurean_Logic
13 years ago

It also goes on to say,

There is no shame in being an addict: it issimply the way some people are made. Addicts ARE responsible for their behaviour in so far as it affects other people but they are NOT responsible for being addicts i.e. for having what is probably a genetically inherited condition affecting the transmission of neuro-chemicals in the mood-centres of the brain.

Sigh... off topic yet again:))

Epicurean_Logic
Epicurean_Logic
13 years ago

Ashbreaksstuff

I found a copy of a short pamphlet of theirs called 15 reasons for continuing to smoke (or not) by Dr Robert Lefever in the charity shop for the bargain price of £1.25, I do so love a bargain and a cursory reading of it made a huge impression on me.

The exert I was quoting says:

On the principle that prevention is the best form of treatment, we should endeavour to identify the addictive population before young children ever get to the state of using mood altering substances and processes. Those children who are often misdiagnosed as being depressed or having ADD or Hyperactivity syndrome, or other significant behavioural problems are commonly those who have an addictive nature and who will subsequently become overt addicts. Those children can be identified on the following behavioural characteristics.

1. Coming from an addictive family
2. Being highly manipulative, more so than other children
3. Having extreme mood swings for no truly justifiable reason
4. Having a sense of personal isolation even when surrounded by friends
5. Being easily hurt and emotionally fragile
6. Becoming easily frustrated and dissatisfied.

The book then goes on to elaborate and expand on many other related ideas and solutions. That was the only reference to ADHD.

I am so glad to hear that you are not on Ritalin (aka Amphetamine/speed) and are doing well without drugs.

Congats and best wishes on the pregnancy.

ashbreaksstuff
ashbreaksstuff
13 years ago

@ Epicurean_Logic

I tried to find the article about ADHD on their website, but couldn't find it.

I'm not offended. I don't take any meds or drugs, though. I'm pregnant. I wish I could take something to help this constipation.

Anyway- that guy in the grocery store was weird. And wouldn't it be awkward to be entirely still while having an erection inside someone in an MRI machine? While creepy perverts watched? Idk. I don't have a weiner. Just a thought.

Epicurean_Logic
Epicurean_Logic
13 years ago

@ashbreaksstuff

Look into the "Promis recovery centre" Online to read a compelling account of what ADHD may be! In short and if you are interested it could be related to being an addict, dont be offended please its not something to be embarrassed or proud of its just that 10 % of the population according to the above links research have imbalances in the emotional centres if the brain, myself included and often ADHD is a misdiagnosed and really a manifestation of addictive disorders through no fault of our own in the Amygdala.

Have a look if you like... compelling read that suggest the reduction and complete cessation of all forms of addictive substances and processes.

I would be interested to see what you think of it and it rang true for me on many levels.

Regards.

Epicurean_Logic
Epicurean_Logic
13 years ago

Oh my… Cant believe I am getting drawn into this eric, Memory in not, I repeat, not, I repeat, not, the past. It is a sense impression stored in the mind of the past. The event occurs but once in a moment never to be returned to and even if the event is imagined the sense impression stored in the brain is a vivid recollection of the event but is not the event itself or even a perfect representation of it. It is stored account of a moment… not the same... as the event last a moment and the memory can last a lifetime, both are subject to change and interpretation!

A perception or memory cannot be called knowledge until it is expressed in words. An event/ an image in the mind/a string of words. How can they be one and the same?

ashbreaksstuff
ashbreaksstuff
13 years ago

It's a pain to my ADHD brain to try to read comments with no grammatical structure. Arrrggghhhh!!!! I give up.

eric
eric
13 years ago

ohhh geeez epicurean have you complicated things, knowledge is memory, all the known is memory, of the family, of the learned and so on is the makeup of memory, thought, thinking, remembering, recognizing which is the past.... memory is the past....is there any seeing which is now? perception which is now, not of memory or remembrance, forget expertize no one can know the brain better than oneself, and self knowledge is what we are lacking not expertize poor epicurean are you stuck in rut my friend; go into it, see it actually, dont just go around saying you know and provide me with answers

Epicurean_Logic
Epicurean_Logic
13 years ago

Not sure where to go with this eric as I gave an answer to the best of my current ability as " placing the word 'memory' in various sentences and substituting it for an equivalent word or phrase I say that memory is recollection, a mental storage of an event, a sense impression stored in the mind …"
The sexual context is to keep in line with the doco as I don’t want Vlatko criticizing us for going too far of context!

Conclusive? Not sure. That is your area of (lack of) expertize.

Regards.

eric
eric
13 years ago

or how did the answer come about?

eric
eric
13 years ago

Its much simpler just put aside the sex part :)
The question is what is memory? And we said not an analysis right? How does knowledge come about? when one says I know/ is there a difference between memory and knowledge? I put forth a question on the previous post? and the answer came about how?

Epicurean_Logic
Epicurean_Logic
13 years ago

By placing the word memory in various sentences and substituting it for an equivalent word or phrase I say that memory is recollection, a mental storage of an event, a sense impression stored in the mind … The sexual act is so vivid in the memory for the reason that it is one of the few activities that uses all 5 senses (so called total knowledge) all other memories are inputted partially… But what right do we have to trust our memory? can you not concede that your recollection of an event will inevitably differs from another observers recollection of the same event? Your lovers recollection of sex will differ from yours due to their different perception and paradigm! This is but one example set in context of the documentary… What right do we have to trust our memory if this is the case?

From here we can move to Descartes more general question of 'is there any knowledge which is infallible? Clearly not! For if it were infallible it would not be possible to doubt it. Is there anything which cannot possibly be doubted? Again clearly not Physics, history… The method of doubt is like a sieve that retains only absolutely certain knowledge. The memory can be doubted.

eric
eric
13 years ago

Im glad you do not see any conclusion to this, so lets not make one epicurean is that possible :)? Suppose I say to you that intelligence unlike memory or storage is not something that can be recorded on to the brain, hence one cannot learn to be intelligent as society is often trying and as parents are seeking to make their kids smart through various ways; what is memory? memory of yourself? memory of math, what does all of that consist? so you see we are asking a question which is not to analyze memory, but to find out the whole? what is memory?

Epicurean_Logic
Epicurean_Logic
13 years ago

A response: The inputting is not the memorization part of intelligence. To clarify, a book is read and on the first reading a certain percentage of the text can be read and absorbed by the mind. How much can be absorbed… depends on how good your ability to input is. The retain part pertains to the memory! The manipulation is not so sinister as you may think an example will hopefully clarify: input a + b= c and a = c + d therefore we can 'manipulate' this in the mind and after a little algebra we conclude that b = -d. The 3 components explained in simple terms!

I find your non-conclusive style interesting eric and it seems to somehow illuminate the question under consideration. As well as confuse in some cases! Also anyone who can bring mathematics into a conversation about sex is ok in my book.

An after thought: Mental creativity consists of smashing up the mosaic of experience and using the shards to build a new picture?

eric
eric
13 years ago

You are asking, is intelligence the manipulation of thoughts, information or your memories or what you know and gather throughout the day? I wonder that you give such little to finding out the meaning of or the actuality of intelligence? Is intelligence the ability to input information which is memorization? is not the manipulation of information a mere exercise of ones thoughts modifying the past, or the known, in the present? What is the relationship between intelligence and the clearing of the known for the clarity of seeing the new, the uncapturable....It takes a very intelligent human being to say I dont know, to find out cause it is only then when one will....the rest of us seem to stop there, so ask yourself epicurean logic, is that what you do? honestly and will you manipulate the result in some way,or input it as you want, or see clearly the non intelligence of it and what you do with it?

Epicurean_Logic
Epicurean_Logic
13 years ago

@eric

Can the girdled walls of another consciousness ever be fully penetrated? Can it occur partially during the sexual act or a strangers smile? Are we not trapped in our own domain without any hope of full insight into another mind? Is clarity an emotional response? Isn't intelligence just the ability to input, manipulate and retain information?

eric
eric
13 years ago

a machine cant relate and therefore cant learn on its own;what is learning? you got the obvious material part of it down, but there is just something to which you are concluding here aren't you? What is intelligence?

Liz
Liz
13 years ago

Hah, yeah the relationships you describe start with physics, which describes relationships between atoms = chemistry, which desribes relationships between molecules, amino acids, proteins, that make up cells and proteins binding outside and between cells make up tissues, specific relationships of proteins and molecules allow for these components. As even you may know different types of tissues make up an organ, different types of organs make up an organism as complicated as ourselves. That is one amazing machine. You should really take a course in zoology!

eric
eric
13 years ago

patterns are different than relationships Liz; The body is an organism, not a machine or a system; I think you need to put aside your technical, computational trainings and then it can be approached; we create machines, we create patterns, cause they are repetitive and predictable and the outcome is certain; and we are also programing ourselves, so you really need to understand what conditioning is...I think I'm finished with this hopefully Cause Liz when it comes to sex it mostly has to do with what is evoking in the brain, cause Ii hope we are clear that the brain is not separate from the body, habits are examples of patterns in the brain, patterns waste the mind; learned behavior can be patterneized and that is conditioning, repetition, which is unlike repeating a math equation

From The C...No I have not Read that book But Ill take a look Thanks for the Suggestion

Liz
Liz
13 years ago

Hah... who here likes endorphins! Those things rock!

Liz
Liz
13 years ago

It is evolution baby! :-) Natural selection, survival of the fittest, your immune system that was passed down to u from the two people that concieved you... that is what is even allowing us to have this convo! No one has proof of how this amazing system came about! Your body is a master machine! It is amazing and hard to fathom, but it doesn't mean you have to belittle the patters/relationships because u do not yet know all the answers. Don't close your mind off to the possibility that you may choose someone to sleep with based on your attraction... what you find (in your opinion = something u formed from the way u think (internal) and your past experiences (external). Btw, not sure if this leads to the heart of the matter cuz ur not the clearest writer, but evolution and divine creation are not mutually exclusive. They can both exist... biology/your body is an amazing machine. Also who knows about time back then there was no formal way to document it... just word of mouth and we have all seen where that can take us.

Form the C
Form the C
13 years ago

@ eric
Have you by chance read the "Disappearance of the universe" by G. renard?

eric
eric
13 years ago

so we dont get caught up in all of this as I was finishing the previous post, but yes its mainly the theories, and conclusions that they used maths and sciences to validate, which is what I mean by approach

eric
eric
13 years ago

its like measuring, comparing between who you are going to sleep with tonight, that girl over there or the other cutie, and then looking at which one has a better figure, will a shorter girl please you, do you think that she will and so on; and measuring or comparing in math or science, believe it or not that same behavior that happens with regard to the example of picking a partner extends itself to thinking in math and sciences and so on...

Liz
Liz
13 years ago

Ok so the facts they show you are in agreement with,... but the conclusions and/or theories they present you are not inagreement!?!

eric
eric
13 years ago

you have to understand that relationships and patterns are different, yes there is a relationship to all of life, just as the way that most people are attracted to each other is for very primitive reasons, or what media has made of it, which when becoming something common, there can be a pattern noticed and so on, this is different when you are talking about math, or order, or computing something; psychology and behavior can be in complete disorder, dysfunctional relationships between man and woman etc...

Liz
Liz
13 years ago

Ahh... should not be using a cell phone for this sorry about the last accidental post! Patterns in leaves can be modeled by fractionals.... sorry computational biologist perspective noted here! Just take it or leave it. Everyday more and more patterns in biology, psychology, sociology, etc. (Aka: "the soft sciences") are realized/discovered to actually have a mathematical derivative. Just because they are all not yet know doesn't mean they don't exist!

eric
eric
13 years ago

It is really the Approach in question, I'm sure the tests were accurate in things on the anatomy, technology does not lie, but it is man that makes something of it to suit his needs, whether to prove a theory or just make some pure entertainment of a certain topic; you see just like in a music group or a project there are many things involved, and not everyone involved is making nonsense of it, there are some people that are serious some that are making money, benefiting, some actually playing the instruments, who have talent and some that have someone sing for them and however good the song sounds no part can be applied to the whole

Liz
Liz
13 years ago

To hypothsize you do not need exact proof. A hypothesis is what you form from your theory inorder to go about collecting data/observations/proof that your theory is true or factual. A conclusion is what you have once you gather data/observations/ facts/ proof that either supports or refutes your hypothesis (aka: theory). This documentory is wonderful, very scientific, and brings very interesting facts to the table. I personally thought the individual who mentioned there was no factual supporting evidence presented and who mentioned there were conclusions drawn that were not complete is just picking at semantics because they chose to ignore the information that they do not agree with in the film. :-) There was most certianly maths appl

eric
eric
13 years ago

math is not just measurement and patterns, patterns in math are different to patterns in leaves for example because a pattern from leaf to leaf is not repetitive; what you are implying by patterns is something distinct to human behavior which implies something that is repetitive; this is not semantics I think that should be clear, conclusions are for the shallow....Read completely cause all of what you said was already cleared up; what you say about a theory and hypothesis is a process, and a process thinking is mechanical thinking, which is formed from other theories, we are talking about actual not theories based on a few things known; there are a few docs on here that show what was happening years ago when scientists kept forming theories, suppositions, conclusions, and one can see that is took a scientist who just looked, examined it thoroughly to see that it was wrong, why most of you search for conclusions is so silly to me, Truth is not a conclusion, it is just so...

Liz
Liz
13 years ago

To hypothsize you do not need exact proof. A hypothesis is what you form from your theory inorder to go about collecting data/observations/proof that your theory is true or factual. A conclusion is what you have once you gather data/observations/ facts/ proof that either supports or refutes your hypothesis (aka: theory). This documentory is wonderful, very scientific, and brings very interesting facts to the table. I personally thought the individual who mentioned there was no factual supporting evidence presented and who mentioned there were conclusions drawn that were not complete is just picking at semantics because they chose to ignore the information that they do not agree with in the film. :-) There was most certianly maths applied to conclusions presented in forms of measurement and patterns. Great film... shallow discussion. ;-)

eric
eric
13 years ago

just as the fact that we are a part of this universe we dont have to observe ourselves that way, isolate ourselves and create a god, or theorize, speculate, when not understanding ourselves is also a lack of understanding to the whole of it, so one can accept all of those theories, speculations, but without yourself is 0 every time

eric
eric
13 years ago

The partial coming from the whole one must keep observing, looking, not stopping to tangle with any of it, its like when you make a picture of somebody, you have just created a part, a base you observe them with, and you add more things to that base from other parts, conversations, what others know of that person, or what they have done, which is knowledge; so is there looking taking place, actually, I dont mean when we are sitting on this computer and typing,then we can say whatever, but is there looking taking place and how will you find out?

eric
eric
13 years ago

wrong questions? How does the partial arise? that is really your question? which is, what is the observer seeing? and in that is there an interrupt; the observeddddd will not interrupt itself or from being seen wholly, just as when you observe one particular thought and analyze it, instead can you observe the whole, total of thought, which is to observe thought without coming to a conclusion, (to its very end) makes sense hopefully? The word holistically is not a holistic movement; the moment of cutting is the separation from reality, cause there is no observation or looking to any of that, the partial came from the whole

Epicurean_Logic
Epicurean_Logic
13 years ago

Can we really claim that anything is total or is there a partial element to all things? How is a partial conclusion related to sex and the sexual act? must we dissect the act in order to observe/understand it? can we just not partake in it and somehow reach a more holistic 'undersatnding'? is that also partial?

Conclusion/hypothesis are part of the same 'entity' (for want of a better word) one without the other is meaningless. All knowledge is partial in the sense that we must 'cut' reality into parts order to observe,deduce, question and conclude.. The act of asking the question is a cutting of 'reality'.

eric
eric
13 years ago

Is there a difference actually between what takes place with a conclusion and hypothesis? can a conclusion be made of a hypothesis? you are implying that we are playing with words which is not so, a hypothesis is a supposition,a theory, its essentially a intellectuals conclusion; I say that if you see actually the partiality of analysis you just wont go there at all, to look at something wholly is not taking pieces of and breaking them up and binding them at another time; if you broke something of to look at it that means it was from that which is whole; which is a unrelative thing to do and just because one finds a field that deals with the same topic does not mean you can add to it especially when what is claimed is partial.......

Liz
Liz
13 years ago

Ahh, so u would feel much better if they said... "we hypothesize that..." instead of..."we conclude that..."?!?

eric
eric
13 years ago

liz, yes those are the patterns described, visible, but there are also conclusions made, and those are where the problem in understanding begin, one has to understand the distinction between what is observable and a conclusion, and an accepted conclusion which is imitated and repeated in behavior like animals; a conclusion can essentially be a form of analysis, dissections and binding of two unrelated observations; and that is where the psychology aspect of it takes place; analysis is always partial and so one is just taking other things like math or scientific data to fit that.. and you have a conclusion essentially
on math and science just because something is presented with gadgets does not mean it is science and nor something that has been created using math mean it is used logically; math is also looking; and what I am saying is that In no way can with an MRI machine the brain be observed in its totality; It just cant happen, and that is a irrefutable fact and that means that most interactions with the brain and other parts of the body cant be explained off in the same manner logically

Liz
Liz
13 years ago

Believe it or not this documentary is describing patterns that have been observed in the majority of the human population, it is a mix of sociology, psycology, biology, chemistry, physics, and the base level mathematics. I mean really, they are using a MRI to measure brain activity how could u not see this as a use of mathematics! Yes it is overgeneralized to some extent but go to the library or to classes to learn the info described in detail. Crazy are the people who think only they can choose/declare what is and is not science. It is not a freaking opinion that is why it is science. Don't worry people who do this are only closing doors for themselves.