That's Disgusting

That's Disgusting

Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion

Book - 2012
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Disgust originated to prevent humans from eating poisonous food, but this simple safety mechanism has since evolved into a uniquely human emotion that dictates how people treat others, shapes cultural norms, and even has implications for mental and physical health. This book illuminates the science behind disgust, tackling such colorful topics as cannibalism, humor, and pornography to address larger questions including why sources of disgust vary among people and societies and how disgust influences individual personalities, daily lives, and values. It turns out that disgust underlies more than we realize, from political ideologies to the lure of horror movies.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393076479
Branch Call Number: 152.4 HERZ
Characteristics: xii, 274 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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Jan 18, 2017

An interesting subject. Discusses disgust and how it relates to empathy, self awareness, mortality, culture, immune system, sex, neurology, physiology, morality. As well as experiments, she mentions some precedent-setting gruesome crimes. Made me think throughout how it all makes sense.

Apr 26, 2012

An absolutely fascinating read! You will learn more about “disgust” than you ever thought possible.


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