Weblog entry #198 for simonw
Discovered that one of my co-workers didn't know that the animal kingdom is rife with so called "unnatural acts". What are they teaching in Sex Ed classes these days?
The origin of the phrase "unnatural" in this context presumably stems from the phrase "acts against nature", which may be found in Romans 1:26 amongst other places, although I don't know if this reflects the original text (i.e. before translation).
Much ignorance abounds on the topic of the natural order of things. For a humorous and amazingly broad coverage of the different ways species reproduce (or in some cases do things that don't result in reproduction), I much enjoyed reading "Dr Tatiana's Sex Advice to all Creation". This book also touches on the amazing story of fig wasps (which are vital to the reproduction of some varieties of figs) which I'd previously seen covered in Climbing Mount Improbable, by Richard Dawkins.
Read both of these books! Now what should I read next?
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