A Billion Wicked Thoughts: What the World's Largest Experiment Reveals about Human Desire

A Billion Wicked Thoughts What the World s Largest Experiment Reveals about Human Desire Two maverick neuroscientists use the world s largest psychology experiment the Internet to study the private activities of millions of men and women around the world unveiling a revolutionary and sho

  • Title: A Billion Wicked Thoughts: What the World's Largest Experiment Reveals about Human Desire
  • Author: Ogi Ogas Sai Gaddam
  • ISBN: 9780525952091
  • Page: 413
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Two maverick neuroscientists use the world s largest psychology experiment the Internet to study the private activities of millions of men and women around the world, unveiling a revolutionary and shocking new vision of human desire that overturns conventional thinking For his groundbreaking sexual research, Alfred Kinsey and his team interviewed 18,000 people, relyingTwo maverick neuroscientists use the world s largest psychology experiment the Internet to study the private activities of millions of men and women around the world, unveiling a revolutionary and shocking new vision of human desire that overturns conventional thinking For his groundbreaking sexual research, Alfred Kinsey and his team interviewed 18,000 people, relying on them to honestly report their most intimate experiences Using the Internet, the neuroscientists Ogas and Gaddam quietly observed the raw sexual behaviors of half a billion people By combining their observations with neuroscience and animal research, these two young neuroscientists finally answer the long disputed question what do people really like Ogas and Gaddam s findings are transforming the way scientists and therapists think about sexual desire In their startling book, Ogas and Gaddam analyze a billion wicked thoughts on the Internet a billion Web searches, a million individual search histories, a million erotic stories, a half million erotic videos, a million Web sites, millions of online personal ads, and many other enormous sources of sexual data in order to understand the true differences between male and female desires, including Men and women have hardwired sexual cues analogous to our hardwired tastes there are sexual versions of sweet, sour, salty, savory, and bitter But men and women are wired with different sets of cues The male sexual brain resembles a reckless hunter, while the female sexual brain resembles a cautious detective agency Men form their sexual interests during adolescence and rarely change Women s sexual interests are plastic and change frequently The male sexual brain is an or gate A single stimulus can arouse it The female sexual brain is an and gate It requires many simultaneous stimuli to arouse it When it comes to sexual arousal, men prefer overweight women to underweight women, and a significant number of men seek out erotic images of women in their 40s, 50s, and 60s Women enjoy writing and sharing erotic stories with other women The fastest growing genre of erotic stories for women are stories about two heterosexual men having sex Though the male sexual brain is much different from the female sexual brain than is commonly believed, the sexual brain of gay men is virtually identical to that of straight men Featuring cutting edge, jaw dropping science, this wildly entertaining and controversial book helps readers understand their partner s sexual desires with a depth of knowledge unavailable from any other source Its fascinating and occasionally disturbing findings will rock our modern understanding of sexuality, just as Kinsey s reports did sixty years ago.

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    1. "The world's largest experiment," as anyone who's encountered this book's hype machine knows well, is neither an experiment nor the world's largest anything. It is two neuroscientists trying to quantify and analyze online porn, and this breezy non-scientific book seems to have been written before they found out anything neurological. You can summarize their conclusions as follows:(A) Men will shoot and fire at anything that gets them off, like Elmer Fudd, and women will analyze relationship pote [...]

    2. Haven't read it, won't read it. I was there when these jokers tried to mine Livejournal for 'facts' for this book through a thoroughly offensive, ethically corrupt survey (the questions of which changed constantly, rendering the data dubious to say the least) and exposed themselves as utterly clueless, patronizing, ignorantI could go on. A collection of links detailing what was known as 'Surveyfail' is hereA: and here fanlore/wiki/SurveyFailThe links to the posts on the authors' blogs don't work [...]

    3. I made it roughly a quarter of the way through before I called it a day. A pathetic and nauseating piece of so-called research. The data is shoddy, the conclusions are incredibly spurious and wildly over generalized and besides thate writing is irritating as hell. Men are "proven" to be lusty buffoons and insatiable porn hounds, while women are portrayed as perpetually swooning twits who can't get enough of romance novels and Alpha Males (including murderers). They draw these "facts" from such d [...]

    4. ugh. Do you love the nice binary pink and blue opposition on the cover? /sThe reasons I will not be reading this book are here.

    5. Една от най-важните книги на десетилетието. Според мен.За човешката сексуалност е писано много и ще се пише още повече. Еволюционно програмирани сме да я смятаме за най-важното нещо на света, все пак. Всякакви научни дисциплини се опитват да я описват и обясняват, с по-голяма [...]

    6. when I picked this book up there weren't a lot of reviews, the negative ones seemed less about the book and more about sex negative american protestantism. While midlevel reviews took the opinion that the book was a good attempt but didn't contain enough or wasn't interesting enough. When I opened this book on my nook I could tell it wouldn't be an interesting book, the font which has always been standardly sized was suddenly smaller on this book. I don't mean the preferences changed I mean set [...]

    7. I was really excited when I heard the premise of this book, and to hear all the buzz about it. Indeed, there are things about it that I really like. The idea of using internet search data to get uncensored data about human sexual proclivities is intriguing, as is the fact that there is so much of that data available (largest-scale study since Kinsey, as the authors point out).However, I'm dissatisfied. The authors spend a tremendous amount of time explaining already-familiar theories of human se [...]

    8. My Kindle highlights:In 2006, AOL released a data set containing the search histories for 657,426 different people. Each search history contains all the searches made by a particular AOL user over three months, from March 1, 2006, to May 31, 2006. For example, here’s the abbreviated search history for “Mr. Bikinis,” our name for user #2027268: college cheerleaders cheerleaders in Hawaii pics of bikinis and girls the sin of masturbation pretty girls in bikinis girls suntanning in bikinis co [...]

    9. At times fascinating at times infuriating always engaging. The book starts with an excellent premise, which is that the internet has opened up a world of data which can be mined by researchers, in this case neurologists, to examine heretofore unexplored aspects of the human psyche. I have not looked much into computational behavioral science but its seems like an area ripe for discovery. They utilize vast datasets, some from the AOL search data leak, to confirm and dispel theories on human sexua [...]

    10. The most interesting part of the book was the premise - how little research is done on sex and sexuality based mostly on our puritanical society. The book has nearly 100 pages of notes, many of which I wanted to track down. The actual book has some interesting information - I enjoy seeing the ranking of things searched for online in terms of porn (granny might be higher than you think). But as the book wore on I felt there were some conclusions being drawn that were a bit too pat and not represe [...]

    11. with no use of actual statistics or the few ones that do exist having no internal validity testing or anything its hard to take the inferences of the data seriously some key and interesting observations have been made and it certainly produces an insight of the private world we all like to hide but to try and make theories out of any of the data presented takes a lot of faith in the data to which ogi Ogas and sai gaddam do manage at times very successfully but other assumptions come off as Freud [...]

    12. Сериозен разговор за секс у нас не се води. За него или се говори просташки, или неловко се мълчи като за нещо много лично и доста срамно. Отношението е като към нещо, за което няма какво толкова да се знае, защото природата си е свършила работата и е излишно да го проблематизи [...]

    13. Certainly this book of 416 fact filled pages isn't a "light" read, but more of an enlightning one. Never before has non-fiction literally grabbed hold of my mind and refused to leave it alone. I guess you can compare reading a billion wicked thoughts to being present during the actual moment of a train wreck or better a tornado. Appearing seeminly out of nowhere, being swept away, taken on an amazing journey, safely deposited as a changed person and overwelmed with emotion from the things you've [...]

    14. If you read mainstream news stories about sexual behavior research, most of the 'revelations' in the book will seem pretty familiar, even warmed-over. To wit: men's physical and emotional arousal systems are closely aligned, and triggered by visual and other sensory input. Women's physical and emotional arousal systems are not so closely aligned, because evolutionary pressures have pushed them (over generations) to develop a finely-tuned set of cues to tell whether a potential lover will be good [...]

    15. Those of you who are following along at home may recall our last selection on the "sex" theme--Bound and Gagged, Laura Kipnis' most excellent close reading of pornography. A Billion Wicked Thoughts approaches the question of desire from a totally different direction. Using their background in data mining and neuroscience, the authors look to hard (snicker) data from the Internet to figure out what it is that men (and women) really want. The data is both interesting and surprising, and the book i [...]

    16. I was extremely disappointed in this book. Looked forward to an interesting look at how internet searching could be used for behavior analysis in regards to sex. Not even close. What this book is:1. Description of what people are looking for in regards to sex.2. Stories and anecdotes for those interested in Porn.3. Lack of any scientific analysis. Lots of hypothesis, but no serious study to determine anything past observation.In the end, if you are looking for a catalog of porn sites with anecdo [...]

    17. Authors use data mining on a large scale to try to better understand human sexual behavior. Despite vast amounts of data at their disposal, there's not much new here. One chapter reads like a recap of a recent book on romance novels. And there's the ethical considerations of using data derived from Internet searches without user consent. Authors claim it was all anonymous but one wonders.

    18. This book is a porn encyclopaedia; from hardcore porn explicitly produced for heterosexual/homosexual males to female porn that focuses on the 'psychological aspects' of the act itself (sexual act, of course). Contrary to the title, the main focus of this book is about MALE desire, which is supported by statistics such as no. of views per page, category, website etc. Examples of web search history for individuals are provided as evidence for authors' arguments. Throughout the book, the authors' [...]

    19. Another book on the evolutionary biology of sexual impulses. Written by two neurologists with backgrounds in computer programming and statistics, this one takes the novel approach of data-mining the Internet to determine what the population is interested int necessarily what is out there to find, but what sexual interests web searches express. The methods are explained clearly and the writing is interesting without being overly complex. There are some new insights into the brain patterns of sexu [...]

    20. This book was certainly interesting, but there isn't sound evidence provided for any premise in the entire book; it's all speculation. The majority of 'evidence' that IS provided (and the basis for the title of this book) doesn't even really qualify as descriptive-- internet search histories aren't case studies. And scientific theories like the ones presented here need much more than case studies.I would also like to note that I had issues with how the authors wrote about 'black' males and their [...]

    21. A Billion Wicked Thoughts, by Sai Gaddama and Ogi Ogas is interesting simply because it addresses taboo topics within the realm of sex. It is one of the first studies completed on human sexual desire since Kinsey, so I had to read it. The researchers teamed up with porn sites and internet search engines to analyze the most popular terms found in online erotica, porn, and search histories based upon the sociological descriptors of the searcher. The book didn't reveal anything terribly earth shatt [...]

    22. this was a really easy read for non-fiction. it was clever and funny, and really made all the science relatable. It's chock full of interesting info, but most of it i either have already heard from reading about the book or it's obvious. I knocked off a star for all the gender essentialism. I know the point of the book is how women and men think about sex (and have desire) differently, but it seemed like there was no room for variance. maybe it's just because there was a chapter on straight men [...]

    23. The authors have an extremely irritating extended metaphor, comparing male sexuality to Elmer Fudd and female sexuality to Miss Marple's Detective Agency. The Miss Marple metaphor in part tries to make lemonade out of the research showing that many straight women don't know what turns them on, although at least as reasonable an interpretation would be that such women are sexually disabled. The authors would have benefited from reading "Sex at Dawn," which would have challenged some of their ster [...]

    24. Rather superficial.Anonymous, casual sex is anathema in the romance novel.The female brain splits conscious psychological arousal apart from unconscious physical arousal while the male brain unites them.However, men are eminently capable of mentally partitioning sex and romance.Marta Meana warns of oversimplifying the sexual psychology of women and men. “We could find ourselves caricaturizing both male and female sexual desire with the former portrayed as an unshakable, appetitive drive with a [...]

    25. Not too bad as a popular intro to ev-psych perspectives on sex, but there's nothing new here. The authors are sloppy researchers at best, and as writers, they are seriously in need of a better editor. Awkwardly, they often rely on quotations from celebrities, comedians, and even fictional characters to back up their points. Their theoretical framework is taken whole-cloth from Donald Symons, whose "Evolution of Human Sexuality" is a much better read than this, and covered all the same ground thi [...]

    26. Part evolutionary psychology, part statistical anaysis, part celebration of the weird recesses of human sexuality. I was slightly frustrated that Ogas and Gaddam went straight for the evo-psych when looking for the "why"s behind different kinks and fetishes, especially things like BDSM and other power-related sexual expression. Every few pages I wanted to stop them and insert some kind of sociological reasoning. Despite that, it's some excellent and wide-ranging research, and has plenty of laugh [...]

    27. What an amazing read. I know there aren't many who want to sit around reading about the science behind porn consumption, but for those of you that do, this is going to be the book for you. It has colored my opinions on quite a few behaviors and issues, as well as giving me a deeper insight into friends, family, and strangers.The world needs more research into what makes us work, and that includes our most intimate moments alone, or the things we hide in the dark. It is a shame these things are s [...]

    28. Absolutely fascinating! Lots of great data driven information and an engaging, easy-reading writing style. I learned some great cocktail party facts. However, I felt the discussion of romance novels was overly simplistic and cherry picked to make their point. Also, most of the novels they cited were 20 or more years out of date.Overall, a gasp-out-loud interesting review of make and female sexuality.

    29. Funny, interesting, and thought provoking. Pretty much all that I ask for from non-fiction. Two criticisms however:1) I hate unnumbered end notes. I really do.2) Where are the lesbians at? The book talks predominantly about heterosexual men and women. There is, however, a significant portion dedicated to homosexual men. Transexuals and bisexuals (both of assorted genders) even make appearances, albeit brief ones). But lesbians *crickets*

    30. nothing overly shocking and a fair amount of stating the obvious but still entertaining and fascinating (at times). Overall---an interesting view into human sexuality.And as someone else mentioned--some unfortunate use of metaphors, using Miss Marple and Elmer Fudd.

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