Christopher Ryan: Sex, Sex Culture & Sex at Dawn

Welcome to our first ever VIDEO and audio podcast (you get to see the inside of my biohacking laboratory!), where I am celebrating by exploring everyone’s favorite topic – sex!

This episode, with co-author of New York Times best seller, Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What it Means for Modern Relationships, Christopher Ryan, gives you a peak into the evolutionary view of human sexual behavior. Sex at Dawn shatters myths surrounding the societal history behind how men and women interact in sexual relationships. Christopher made for a great interview, as he continues to rustle feathers around the ideas of traditional relationships.

Christopher RyanChristopher has been on wild ride since he received a BA in English and American literature in 1984, and an MA, and Ph.D. in Psychology twenty years later. He has traveled the world and worked at decidedly odd jobs including: gutting salmon in Alaska, teaching English to prostitutes in Bangkok and self-defense to land-reform activists in Mexico, managing commercial real-estate in New York’s Diamond District, helping Spanish physicians publish their research). In his mid-30s, Christopher decided to pursue doctoral studies in Psychology.

Christopher has guest-lectures and contributes to publications ranging from Behavioral and Brain Sciences (Cambridge University Press) to a textbook used in medical schools and teaching hospitals throughout Spain and Latin America.

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What We Cover

  •   1:30 – Christopher Ryan’s Story
  •   5:30 – The lead up to Sex at Dawn
  •   7:20 – “What is human” vs “What is cultural”
  •   9:00 – The Secret Life of Plants
  • 11:00 – Dr. Andrew Weil – Plants, Consciousness, and Alternative Medicine
  • 15:00 – Let’s Get Dr. Andrew Wile on Joe Rogan!
  •  16:15 – 3 minute summary of Sex at Dawn
  • 18:00 – “Battle of the sexes” is wrong
  • 19:35 – The 4 sources of sex in our ancestors
  • 21:00 – Does initial technology come from sexual desire?
  • 22:15 – Who was frustrated most by Sex at Dawn?
  • 23:00 – The hunter-gatherer principle
  • 24:45 – Do you own time or space?
  • 25:30 – Where does sharing come into play?
  • 27:00 – Flinstone-ization
  • 28:10 – What common things hurt sexual performance?
  • 31:45 – How to short-circuit shame in the bedroom
  • 33:50 – Raise alpha waves? Think about sex!
  • 35:00 – Animal anatomy and sex
  • 37:20 – How economic inequality relates to stress
  • 40:30 – Christopher’s Next Book: Civilized to Death
  • 42:45 – You’re rich…now what?
  • 43:35 – Not getting “some” & misogyny
  • 46:00 – Christopher’s take on Dave’s orgasm experiment
  • 47:30 – Testosterone and a novel partner
  • 49:30 – Flesh lights
  • 50:30 – More about Christopher Ryan

Links From the Show


Sex At Dawn

Christopher’s Website

Christopher’s Podcast

Twitter – @ChrisRyanPhD


The Secret Life of Plants

The Erotic Engine

Dave’s Orgasm Experiment

Andrew Weil

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