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That's Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion (Hardback)
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That's Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 23/01/2012
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Disgust originated to prevent us from eating poisonous food, but this simple safety mechanism has since evolved into a uniquely human emotion that dictates how we treat others, shapes our cultural norms, and even has implications for our mental and physical health. That's Disgusting illuminates the science behind disgust, tackling such colorful topics as cannibalism, humor, and pornography to address larger questions: Why do sources of disgust vary among people and societies? Where does disgust come from in our brain and what deeper fears does it reflect? How does disgust influence our individual personalities, our daily lives, and our values? It turns out that disgust underlies more than we realize, from political ideologies to the lure of horror movies. Drawing on surprising research in psychology and evolutionary biology, That's Disgusting shows us that disgust mirrors human nature and, as a result, is as complex and varied as we are.

Publisher: WW Norton & Co
ISBN: 9780393076479
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 460 g
Dimensions: 244 x 165 x 28 mm


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"...[Herz] manages it quite admirably: to be vivid and true to her subject without getting so revolting that her readers react the way we react to anything that disgusts us, which is by trying to get as far away as possible." -- Robin Marantz Henig, author of Pandora's baby: How the First Test Tube Babies Sparked the Reproductive Revolution - New York Times Book Review
"[Herz's] strength as a researcher and author are apparent in her ability to cite and explain academic studies in a conversational manner." -- Becky Krystal - Washington Post

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At first glance it may seem like our sense of disgust is a fairly marginal and narrow aspect of our everyday experience (not to mention being a little icky), and therefore, not the most appetizing candidate for deep... More

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6th February 2012
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