Why is the Penis shaped like That? by Jesse Bering
Among many other things, the one fact I love about evolutionary studies is the all-encompassing perspective! As the online-magazine Evolution - This View of Life puts it: One can (and should) explore anything and everything from an evolutionary perspective.
One of the most daring scientists I admire for just doing that is Jesse Bering. From evolutionary studies of religious beliefs to the shape of the penis, there's nothing human Bering is not curious about. And he doesn't stop in idle speculations, but is always reviewing scientific literature, conducting experiments and writing about the findings. Evolution at its best!
His new book "Why is the Penis shaped like That?" contains some of his best columns on evolutionary mysteries ranging from the male penis, the female orgasm, the experiences of people considering suicide and the reproductive advantages of the religious. Although the book's language is well-written and quite often hilariously funny, the content and thoughts expressed are showing deep curiosity and humane care. One gets the impression of talking to a good friend, joking and smiling while mixing questions of joy and real relevance.
I strongly recommend the wonderful book to anyone interested in evolutionary studies in general - and in human beings (with all their fascinating aspects) specifically.