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New Lust Drug on the Way

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This article appeared in The Observer, Sunday April 23, 2006. It's not yet clear whether the enticement of PT-141 will promote an addictive reaction. Certainly there is great potential for its abuse as a recreational drug and for blackmarket sales.

Let us spray

lustBilled as libido in an atomiser, PT-141 will finally offer women the chance to turn on their sexual desire as and when they need it. Or so the science says. But there are concerns. Will sex in a spray usher in an age of 'McNookie' - quick easy couplings low on emotional nutrition? Julian Dibbell reports

African Sex Wisdom

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resting loversA CLOSE friend recently asked me the extent to which the adage "too much of anything is dangerous" is true. I just couldn't see any sense in his query and simply told him that it was just the way it was. But he insisted and asked, "I mean, is its application only limited to specific things? Does it really apply to sex?"

The buddy's questions sent me dig out the ugly part of the game I had cherished so much...

All other animals stick to the natural cause of sex and, among them, sex takes place only at certain times of the year. In humans, however, most sexual activity is frivolous - for pleasure - and can be indulged in all year round, which is clearly an excess. Our hedonistic behaviour constantly bombards us with erotic images, conveying messages that an active sex life is vital to one's physical health, sanity, and happiness. As a result, sexual pleasure has increasingly become one of the false gods worshipped by modern society.

The Power of 2

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When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one...then you will enter [the kingdom of heaven].
Jesus, according to The Gospel of Thomas

'In Conversation' with Robyn Williams and guest Mary Sharpe

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Robyn Williams Transcript: Robyn Williams: And so we turn to sex, it was dealt with compellingly in All in the Mind this week, the aspect of desire and we shall now worry about the orgasm. And yes, I do mean worry because there’s a school of thought that too much of the big hit might sometimes be the source of addiction. It’s a small school of thought perhaps but one worth thinking about. Mary Sharpe is in the Department of Divinity at the University of Cambridge where she keeps an eagle eye on the science of sex.

Mary Sharpe: Well in the past few years there’ve been some very interesting developments in the field of science that helps us understand the difference between love and lust.

Rebels without a (peaceful) cause

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Article by Mary Sharpe from London's "City Security" magazine, December, 2005

Rebels without a (peaceful) cause With the current series of suicide bombings, many theories have been advanced about the root causes: grievance at the West and its foreign policies in Muslim countries; anger towards the occupiers in Palestine; frustration at an inability to integrate fully into mainstream society in the West; the Jihadist desire to kill the infidel and prove one’s status as true believer in the righteousness of Allah and the Qu’ran (thereby earning the ultimate reward of 72 perpetual virgins in Paradise).

While any of these may play a part, they do not induce all aggrieved Muslims to react in such an extreme way. The vast majority of suicide bombers (and criminals) are young men aged between 15 and 25 years, at their sexual peak, raging with hormones and boundless energy, seeking an outlet and a mission in life.

Anti-stress benefits of holding hands

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cuddle Some turn to yoga or t'ai chi, others swear by red wine. No stone has been left unturned in the age-old pursuit of a long and healthy life. But now medical researchers have concluded that the secret of longevity may lie in nothing more outlandish than what comes naturally to mothers the world over.

A good old-fashioned cuddle, say the scientists, can reduce heart disease, cut down stress and promote longevity. The researchers even advise nervous public speakers to indulge in a bit of hugging before they go on stage to face their audience.