Civilized to Death
Most of us have instinctive evidence the world is ending—balmy December days, face-to-face conversation replaced with heads-to-screens zomboidism, a world at constant war, a political system in disarray. We hear some myths and lies so frequently that they feel like truths: Civilization is humankind’s greatest accomplishment. Progress is undeniable. Count your blessings. You’re lucky to be alive here and now. Well, maybe we are and maybe we aren’t. Civilized to Death counters the idea that progress is inherently good, arguing that the “progress” defining our age may be analogous to an advancing disease.
“Incredible . . . timely . . . clarifying.”
– Jack Dorsey, cofounder and CEO of Twitter
“This is not just a book, it’s a revolution.”
– Neil Strauss, author of The Game & The Truth.
“Every great once in a while, a book comes along that makes you rethink everything you thought you knew. Civilized to Death is without question one of them.”
– Jesse Bering, PhD, author of Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us & Suicidal: Why We Kill Ourselves.
“Christopher Ryan is one of the most interesting and provocative thinkers of our time. Everyone should read him—you might well disagree but you’ll definitely think differently.”
– Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream & Lost Connections.
Sex at Dawn
In this controversial, thought-provoking New York Times bestseller, Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá debunk almost everything we’ve been told about human sexual nature, weaving together convergent, frequently overlooked evidence from anthropology, archaeology, primatology, anatomy, and psychosexuality to show how far from human nature monogamy really is. Winner of the 2011 Ira and Harriet Reiss Theory Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Sex at Dawn exposes the ancient roots of human sexuality while pointing toward a more optimistic future illuminated by our innate capacities for love, cooperation, and generosity.
“The single most important book on human sexuality since Alfred Kinsey’s Sexual Behavior in the Human Male.”
– Dan Savage, author of the Savage Love column
“Challenges conventional wisdom about sex in a big way. Provocative, entertaining, and pioneering.”
– Dr. Andrew Weil, author of Eight Weeks to Optimum Health, Spontaneous Healing & Natural Health, Natural Medicine
– Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., psychologist & parapsychologist
“Sex At Dawn has helped me understand myself and the world so much more clearly.”
– Ilana Glazer, co-creator of Broad City
Tangentially Reading is the literary spin-off of Christopher Ryan’s popular podcast, Tangentially Speaking. Tangentially Speaking released its inaugural episode in 2012, and new episodes have appeared weekly ever since. Tangentially Reading collects and preserves in paper form 26 of the podcast’s most memorable conversations. The creation of the book – from its conception through to transcription through to design and illustration – was powered by the enthusiasm of the global Tangentially Speaking community. The book’s gorgeous illustrations are original works by podcast listener Adam McDade.
“Chris is the most relaxed smart person I know.”
– Joe Rogan, host of The Joe Rogan Experience
“Chris is the shame exorcist of podcasting.”
– Duncan Trussell, MD, PhD
Talking Drugs features excerpts from some of the edgiest conversations about drugs, consciousness, and addiction from the popular podcast, Tangentially Speaking, with Christopher Ryan. The guests featured in this eBook are pioneers in psychedelic landscapes and include Dennis McKenna, Kevin Johnson, Charles Grob, Jim Fadiman, Carl Hart & many more. Their creativity and dedication to honoring and exploring the breadth and depth that comes with seeking out intentional, altered states of consciousness has changed the entire conversation. Their work has helped pave the way for the discussions and changes that are taking place around the world.
Excerpts from some of the edgiest conversations with authors, porn stars, and educators. Each challenges narratives that shame, repress, and obscure our understanding of sex. They encourage us to go beyond propaganda telling us that sex is toxic, dangerous, and pathological. Interviews with Asa Akira, Wednesday Martin, Reid Mihalko, Zhana Vrangalova, and Angela White. Each of them are, in their own ways, taking on the status quo and spreading the subversive, liberating, and life-enhancing truth that sex is nothing to be ashamed of — unless shame turns you on!