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.
“This is not just a book, it’s a revolution.”
– Neil Strauss, bestselling 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, and brilliant book, renegade thinkers Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá debunk almost everything we “know” about sex, weaving together convergent, frequently overlooked evidence from anthropology, archaeology, primatology, anatomy, and psychosexuality to show how far from human nature monogamy really is. In Sex at Dawn, the authors expose 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