Sunday Salon: The Score for pickup artists

TSSbadge3 My review of “The Score: How the Quest for Sex Has Shaped the Modern Man”,  by Faye Flam, appears today in the Philadelphia Inquirer.



Why does someone who admits to sleeping with 200 women consider himself in need of techniques to find even more of them? That’s one of the questions asked by Ms Flam, who attends a “Seduction Boot Camp” to find out. From my review:


“The answer, according to Flam, lies in science. Underlying bizarre enterprises such as the Mystery Method are the biological reasons for the differences between men and women, and the ways in which the billions of species of animals, plants and microorganisms have adapted to reproduce and survive. Flam follows up this thesis with an idiosyncratic whistle-stop tour of biology. Evolution of the sexes, the Y (male) chromosome, peacock tails, monkey behavior, and more are all breezily described in a framework of analogies with pornography, fidelity, homosexuality, and many other variants on male-female (or same-sex) human relations.”

You can read some of the lurid examples that Ms Flam has collected in the full review. My verdict? The book is a funny, light-hearted read, but not a scientifically robust document ;-).
(Archived version of the review is here.)

2 thoughts on “Sunday Salon: The Score for pickup artists

  1. Dr Grump was particularly impressed with this review, and also wants to reads the book. She says it sounds like just the sort of thing that interests her – particularly if snails are mentioned.

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