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by jraffan
posted 11/01/2016

Sex, Genes and Rock ‘n’ Roll – an evolutionary biology primer

Brooks (cropped)Arts Monday’s Jane Raffan chats with Rob Brooks, UNSW evolutionary biologist, about his fabulous book “Sex, Genes & Rock ‘n’ Roll”.

Rob makes the case for evolutionary factors shaping the modern world, including answers to such questions as: “Why do so many rock stars end up dead at 27?

As Rob sees it, Rock music epitomises “raw human cultural biology”… Even the term ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ is a euphemism for sexual congress. “Rock is really just life, amplified, and turned up to 11″ …

Interview I

Interview II

In the two interviews below, Jane and Rob chat about the chapters on love and monogamy … “love?” I hear you say…well, yes. According to Rob Brooks, love is a drug (as the song goes) and monogamy is the result of the development of a number of biological forces …

Interview III

Interview IV-

And more about the book here: http://www.robbrooks.net/