The awesome tumblr blog fuckyeahkissing will be giving away one copy for the best photo! Here are the details:
Hey! We’re holding our first contest on fuckyeahkissing ever! Super cool right? Yeah.
ONE winner will win this:
The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips Are Telling Us by Sheril Kirshenbaum
This contest will run for 1 month, (ending December 27th).
The rules are simple: submit a picture of their best academic~ related kiss. (This means science, math, history, english, anything educational!) The winner will be selected strictly on originality, quality, and how well they followed the theme. The picture must be taken by you, or you must have permission from the owner (like if your parents took it) to use in this contest.
Submit pictures here. Please add a way to contact you (e-mail is preferred) if you win. Questions emailed to email@example.com
“They say you never forget your first kiss—it sears itself into your memory; The Science of Kissing will no doubt do something similar. From the neurology of smooching to practical tips on locking lips, Sheril Kirshenbaum makes reading about this strange and fascinating practice almost as much fun as doing it.”
~ Sam Kean, New York Times-bestselling author of The Disappearing Spoon
“In the vein of Stephen Pinker’s The Language Instinct, scientist Kirshenbaum examines one of humanity’s fondest pastimes [writing] just as gracefully about prostitutes in pop culture as she does the myriad of complicated biological and chemical processes that science uses to explain osculation.”
~ Publishers Weekly
“Turns out there’s a lot more to kissing than you might think..Kirshenbaum draws on psychology, biology, history, and other disciplines in this highly engaging, highly informative book.”
“If you fear that knowing the science of kissing will unweave the poetry of it, fear not. This engaging book, chock-a-block with eye-popping science and fun stories not only makes for great reading but plumps up the pleasure of a smooch itself. You’ll never think of kissing—what e.e. cummings called “a better fate than wisdom”—in the same way again.”
~ Jennifer Ackerman, author of
Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body
“Sheril Kirshenbaum gives you everything you wanted to know about this wonderful way we use our mouths. If you’ve ever wondered why we kiss under the mistletoe, or why two out of three people tilt their heads to the right when they zoom in for a kiss, Kirshenbaum will tell you, in a way that is witty, wise, and pucker-perfect.”
~ Robin Marantz Henig, contributing writer, The New York Times Magazine
Sheril Kirshenenbaum’s The Science of Kissing — a great book with arguably the cover/title of the year — was published today. For anyone who has ever made snap judgments based on the books people are reading on the train/subway/bus/plane — well, think of all the possibilities if someone saw you reading this:
In addition to being a great book, The Science of Kissing is also the first book published this year by a ScienceOnline 2011 author. (I believe the second one is coming out in a week. I’ll give you a hint as to what it is: the author’s last name begins with the 13th, 14th, and 15th letters of the alphabet.) You don’t need to take my word for it — you can check out Greg Laden’s ScienceBlogs review, which contains this awesome line:
“The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips Are Telling Us, a new book by Sheril Kirshenbaum has a bunch more about kissing, and is a must read for anyone who wants to try out kissing (you may like it) and keep it scientific.”
In honor of Sheril’s achievement, I’m going to offer a free book by any single one of the SciO11 authors to the person who gives the best one paragraph explanation for why they liked The Science of Kissing. You don’t even need to select The Panic Virus! (A list of authors is here — and there are lots of good ones to choose from.)
Here are the rules: You need to actually buy TSoK — this part works on the honor system. You need to explain why you liked it in the comments (here). You need to do all of this by next Thursday, January 13th, which is the start of the conference.
Psychologists say that 66 percent of women will end a budding relationship if the first kiss goes awry, while only 59 percent of men place the same emphasis.
So what, exactly, is in a kiss?
This is the subject of Sheril Kirshenbaum’s new book, “The Science of Kissing.” In it, the native New Yorker explores everything that goes on between our lips — from the hormones to the history.
“Kissing is a powerful experience,” said Kirshenbaum. “It engages all the senses: Scent, taste and touch are all sending information to our bodies as to whether it’s a good match or not. It’s nature’s ultimate litmus test.”
NEW YORK – Birds do it. Bees do it. No, not that! We’re talking about kissing, the simple gesture with a wallop that spans time and place but remains largely unexplained.
Anthropologists have their theories. So do neurologists, biologists, psychologists and endocrinologists. Einstein was interested. Darwin, too. So why doesn’t anybody know how it all began and why we do it in the first place?
Sheril Kirshenbaum, a researcher at the University of Texas at Austin, has compiled a motherlode of fragmented studies and observations from historians and sociologists, brain experts and animal-watchers in a surprisingly slim and definitely curious new book, “The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips Are Telling Us.”
Her conclusion? Inconclusive. The act of “osculation” — in technical parlance — is ingrained in more than 90 percent of cultures around the world. If they don’t place lips on lips — or lips elsewhere — they lick or nibble with the same goals in mind.
If we could unravel its origins, Kirshenbaum surmises, we could unlock a trove of evolutionary and physiological mysteries that might carry the kiss from merely interesting to incredibly valuable. [read on]