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eBook The Puzzle: Exploring the Evolutionary Puzzle of Male Homosexuality download ISBN: 0972301313
Author: Louis A. Berman
Publisher: Godot Press (June 15, 2003)
Language: English
Pages: 604
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The Puzzle: Exploring th.has been added to your Cart. Dr. Berman defends reparative therapy, which he baptizes "reorientation therapy" as successful in those patients willing to endure the years of psychotherapy - otherwise, it is best to help the poor, unhappy, and persecuted homosexual - not the least by psychoanalysts - to counsel them in how to "adjust" if they don't want, or cannot, reorient themselves to the natural heterosexual.

Here is a fresh and readable solution to a major Darwinian puzzle  . Details (if other): Cancel. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The Puzzle: Exploring the Evolutionary Puzzle of Male Homosexuality.

Berman's book starts with a bold title and promise, but he only partially delivers. Much of this long volume is difficult to follow and includes many obscure facts which do not support the main hypotheses.

Berman, who believes that writers supportive of gay rights have ignored professional literature dealing with efforts to change sexual orientation . Wilmette, Illinois: Godot Press.

Berman, who believes that writers supportive of gay rights have ignored professional literature dealing with efforts to change sexual orientation, noted in this connexion that though Burr conducted a two-hour interview with the psychoanalyst Charles Socarides, Burr does not mention this.

How can a trait like male homosexuality, which has a genetic component, persist over evolutionary time if the individuals that carry the . Scientists don't know the answer to this Darwinian puzzle, but there are several theories.

How can a trait like male homosexuality, which has a genetic component, persist over evolutionary time if the individuals that carry the genes associated with that trait are not reproducing?" Scientists don't know the answer to this Darwinian puzzle, but there are several theories. It's possible that different mechanisms may be at work in different people. The evolution of lesbianism is relatively understudied - it may work in a similar way or be completely different

The Puzzle : Exploring the Evolutionary Puzzle of Male Homosexuality. By (author) Louis Arthur Berman.

The Puzzle : Exploring the Evolutionary Puzzle of Male Homosexuality.

Homosexual males, their brains and evolution. Exploring the Evolutionary Puzzle of male homosexuality. by Louis A. Berman Godot Press 2003 paperback 583 pages. illustrated, 2 indexes, references. According to psychologist Louis Berman, homosexual males have low-masculinised brain ('female-like') brains because they have experienced prenatally a lower brain masculinisation (this is the proximate cause). However, from a book that explores the evolutionary puzzle of homosexuality and features Darwin on the cover, I had expected more space for animals.

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Whiteflame
Dr. Berman is bright and articulate; in addition, he writes wonderfully. However, I found sections of the book sadly homophobic, such as the dated presentation on "reparative" therapy. I would hate for a young, gay man just exploring his identity to read this book.
Gna
I can easily understand why the author had to self-publish this post-professorial rehash of psychological metaphysics, when on page 506 he writes: "Recovery from homosexuality is something like recovery from alcoholism." The inanity speaks for itself.

Otherwise, the author is a gifted writer. He is clear and lucid, often compassionate and understanding, but rehashes the same old "polls of individual self-reports" -- usually of students in psychology courses required to provide them -- that psychologists use as "pseudo-science" from individuals self-reports -- a practice ridiculed outside and within psychiatry (see, McGuire & Troisi, "Darwinian Psychiatry" OUP, 1998).

The author's "Darwinian" reaches are admitting Darwin's theory of life (biology) might have some import on the subject of "homosexuality" or homophilia. This is rather late-coming, since evolutionary psychology was launched in 1970s. But it is from the 1970's Dr. Gunter Doerner's "hormonal theory" of homosexual aetiology -- baptized by Berman as the "low masculine brain" condition -- that a non-biologist infers must be the "cause" of homosexuality. Fortunately, Dr. Berman, unlike Dr. Doerner, does not propose we treat all pregnancies with "neonatal testosterone injections" to preclude the "disorder."

Dr. Berman defends reparative therapy, which he baptizes "reorientation therapy" as successful in those patients willing to endure the years of psychotherapy -- otherwise, it is best to help the poor, unhappy, and persecuted homosexual -- not the least by psychoanalysts -- to counsel them in how to "adjust" if they don't want, or cannot, reorient themselves to the natural heterosexual. Unlike others in the field that are far ahead of Dr. Berman, he offers no other treatment suggestions, and endorses all the metaphysical theories presently in vogue among psychologists. It's a shame that Dr. Berman apparently has not consulted McGuire and Troisi, two leading research psychiatrists and university faculty.

Finally, Dr. Berman seems unfamiliar with the rather "old" theory of social constructionism and of the subsequent development in distinguishing between NATURAL and SOCIAL facts, as when he adopts the diagnosis of a "low masculinized brain" as at the root of homosexual hormonal deprivation. As any modern-day reader knows, the natural facts of biological dimorphism and the gender attributes of social facts -- in what we deem to be masculine and feminine -- are related indeed, but not to be confused, much less conflated.

If readers want an overview of how psychologists continue to think and practice, this volume is invaluable. But very little "science" or Darwin is integrated into the dominate metaphysical theories -- bio, socio, medico, enviro-, or psycho- popular -- of modern psychology. After reading this fine exposition, it felt like a lobotomy, or reparative therapy, when psych's attached electrical probes to men's erogenous zones to use electrical current (as Pavlov did his dogs) when showing men pictures of naked men. But without question, it reveals the deprivation of psychology as an applied science, and truly the pseudo-science critics increasingly claim.