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Review 'You don't need to agree with Gilles Herrada's conclusions to enjoy and learn from this extraordinary book. The thoughtful and measured use of knowledge--ranging from classical texts to genetic studies --provides an exciting model for how to conduct the trans-disciplinary scholarship needed to do justice to this complex and contested topic.'Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Author of Flow; Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management, Claremont Graduate University'Modern homosexuality, ' according to Gilles Herrada's fascinating book, 'exists in body and mind but has no soul.' Thus begins the challenge of a deep and subtle meditation on the meaning of LGBTQ lives and identities and communities. You do not have to agree with Dr. Herrada's analysis in whole to appreciate the scholarship, policy nuances, and multidisciplinary integration invested in this very intriguing effort at renewing the collective heart and soul of the gay movement in our time.'Gilbert Herdt, Professor of human sexuality at the California Institute for Integral Studies; Author of The Sambia: Ritual, Sexuality, and Change in Papua New Guinea'As Gilles Herrada observes, despite a century and half of scientific, historical, and culture research, and the dramatic emergence of lesbian and gay identities, the central questions surrounding the origins, purpose, and meaning of homosexuality remain unanswered. By adopting a holistic, interdisciplinary approach that integrates science, history, and philosophy, Herrada achieves a breakthrough in thinking about homosexuality with the potential to reinvigorate lgbt studies and deepen our understanding of lgbt people.'Will Roscoe, Author of Changing Ones'Herrada offers us a deeply articulate and comprehensive text, written with equal parts care and passion. Moreover, he achieves what he sets out to do: to reframe the discussion of same-sex sexuality and relationships in a way that redeems the full humanity of a group so often reduced and diminished. Along the way, he presents a wide array of novel and compelling arguments concerning the origins and importance of same-sex relations in the successful evolution of the human species. This book deserves to be read widely by academics, mental health professionals, and by all those with a humanistic sensibility, regardless of their sexual orientation.'Mark Forman, PhD, Author of A Guide to Integral Psychotherapy'More than a little lip-service is paid to interdisciplinary research within the ivory tower, but Herrada embraces this approach and in doing so takes on the Herculean task of addressing big picture topics like: What does it mean to be homosexual? The resulting perspectives will challenge scholars across many entrenched academic borders.'Paul Vasey, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Lethbridge Editor of Homosexual Behaviour in Animals: An Evolutionary PerspectiveYou don't need to agree with Gilles Herrada's conclusions to enjoy and learn from this extraordinary book. The thoughtful and measured use of knowledge--ranging from classical texts to genetic studies --provides an exciting model for how to conduct the trans-disciplinary scholarship needed to do justice to this complex and contested topic. -- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Author of Flow; Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management, Claremont Graduate UniversityModern homosexuality, ' according to Gilles Herrada's fascinating book, 'exists in body and mind but has no soul.' Thus begins the challenge of a deep and subtle meditation on the meaning of LGBTQ lives and identities and communities. You do not have to agree with Dr. Herrada's analysis in whole to appreciate the scholarship, policy nuances, and multidisciplinary integration invested in this very intriguing effort at renewing the collective heart and soul of the gay movement in our time. -- Gilbert Herdt, Professor of human sexuality at the California Institute for Integral Studies; Author of The Sambia: Ritual, Sexuality, and Change in Papua New GuineaAs Gilles Herrada observes, despite a century and half of scientific, historical, and culture research, and the dramatic emergence of lesbian and gay identities, the central questions surrounding the origins, purpose, and meaning of homosexuality remain unanswered. By adopting a holistic, interdisciplinary approach that integrates science, history, and philosophy, Herrada achieves a breakthrough in thinking about homosexuality with the potential to reinvigorate lgbt studies and deepen our understanding of lgbt people. -- Will Roscoe, Author of Changing OnesHerrada offers us a deeply articulate and comprehensive text, written with equal parts care and passion. Moreover, he achieves what he sets out to do: to reframe the discussion of same-sex sexuality and relationships in a way that redeems the full humanity of a group so often reduced and diminished. Along the way, he presents a wide array of novel and compelling arguments concerning the origins and importance of same-sex relations in the successful evolution of the human species. This book deserves to be read widely by academics, mental health professionals, and by all those with a humanistic sensibility, regardless of their sexual orientation. -- Mark Forman, PhD, Author of A Guide to Integral PsychotherapyMore than a little lip-service is paid to interdisciplinary research within the ivory tower, but Herrada embraces this approach and in doing so takes on the Herculean task of addressing big picture topics like: What does it mean to be homosexual? The resulting perspectives will challenge scholars across many entrenched academic borders. -- Paul Vasey, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Lethbridge Editor of Homosexual Behaviour in Animals: An Evolutionary PerspectiveWith astounding scholarship, Gilles Herrada provides a panoramic view on the myths and mysteries of same-sex love. It will be a key work, for sure, in the coming decades as society's understanding of LGBT people deepens and evolves. -- Mark Thompson, author of the Gay Spirit, Gay Soul, Gay Body trilogy Read more About the Author Gilles Herrada, Ph.D. is a research molecular biologist, an independent scholar, and a life coach (www.lifeasacreation.com). His work in the fields of reproductive biology and neuroscience at Columbia and Harvard universities has been published in top scientific journals. As an independent scholar versed in integral theory, Gilles Herrada also contributes various articles on the evolution of sexuality, science, and myths. Read more

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