Love, Sex, & Relationships

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Promiscuous Evolution: Systems of Human Sexual Evolution

Why is monogamy so hard? Are modern conflicts between sexual ideals and desires rooted in a promiscuous past?

In the main text for this class, Sex at Dawn, Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha ask and seek to answer the question, “what is the essence of human sexuality and how did it get to be that way?”

In the pages following, Ryan and Jetha argue for a promiscuous system that evolved without the marriage, monogamy, and nuclear family structure with which we are today so familiar (and so often strained by). They claim to have “found overwhelming evidence of a decidedly casual, friendly prehistory of human sexuality” and will “show how our bedroom behavior, porn preferences, fantasies, dreams, and sexual responses support this reconfigured understanding of our sexual origins.”

But can any one perspective be the whole story?

We’ll follow Sex at Dawn with Lynn Saxon’s rebuttal, Sex at Dusk, which she wrote to provide “a fuller and corrected picture of the ‘evidence’ put forward by Ryan and Jetha.” Saxon’s arguments expand on some of the research quoted in Sex at Dawn, and serve to ground our sexual questions in the fundamental understanding of evolution.

So why is monogamy so hard? With Ryan and Jetha, Saxon, and what is sure to be great classroom debate, we’ll work to find out together.

Each meeting will require reading a section from either Sex at Dawn or Sex at Dusk. Sex at Dawn is available for a discounted price at Boneshaker Books, while Sex at Dusk is available on Amazon or HalfPriceBooks.com. Class will be heavily oriented around discussion and we look forward to a diversity of views.

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55415
United States
Phone: 612-215-2650
Facilitator's experience: 
Emma Schroeder is a graduate of Hamline University where she studied economics, and Danny Irwin is completing his degrees in English and political science at the University of Minnesota. Both Danny and Emma are interested in community involvement and continuing education. They hope to draw on their best class and learning experiences, as well as their proven abilities with organization and analysis.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
612-859-3507
Class minimum size: 
6
Class maximum size: 
18
Time/Location
Class times: 
Sun, 03/16/2014 - 16:00 - 17:00
Sun, 03/23/2014 - 16:00 - 17:00
Sun, 03/30/2014 - 16:00 - 17:00
Sun, 04/06/2014 - 16:00 - 17:00
Sun, 04/13/2014 - 16:00 - 17:00
Sun, 04/27/2014 - 16:00 - 17:00
Sun, 05/04/2014 - 16:00 - 17:00
Sun, 05/18/2014 - 16:00 - 17:00
Location Accessibility: 
Yes
Address: 
Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55415
United States
Phone: 612-215-2650
Additional class location information: 
The Mahai Book Club Room on the 3rd floor of Open Book.
Promiscuous and Monogamous Systems in Human Sexual Evolution
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Instead of Marriage: Write Your Own Relationship Contract

INSTEAD OF MARRIAGE:
WRITE YOUR OWN RELATIONSHIP CONTRACT

Are you in an on-going interpersonal relationship?
Would your relationship benefit from clarification
of the basic implicit priniples by which it has been operating?
This EXCO seminar will be an opportunity for committed couples, triples, etc.
to discuss 28 open-ended Questions
that should be asked and answered in any on-going relationship.

These 28 basic Questions are embedded in the Internet outline
of the book we will use for this seminar:
Designer Marriage: Write Your Own Relationship Contract:
http://www.tc.umn.edu/~parkx032/RC.html

This link also allows you to read
the beginning of the default Answer to each Question.
If you allow society to answer the Questions for you,
you will have a conventional marriage.

But if you make up your own Answers,
you might create a relationship so different from conventional marriage
that you might decide not to get officially married. 

Here is the comprehensive course description:
http://www.tc.umn.edu/~parkx032/D-RC.html

This outlines the basic areas of discussion for this seminar.
Details about the book are also available,
including a buy-back option for EXCO participants.

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]
Facilitator's experience: 
James Park has many years of experience in adult education, including several classes offered thru EXCO. His home page---an Existential Philosopher's Museum--- has over 1,000 rooms: http://www.tc.umn.edu/~parkx032/
Facilitator phone number(s): 
612-871-7275
Time/Location
Location Accessibility: 
Yes
Love, Sex, & Relationships
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Imprinted Sexual Fantasies: A New Key for Sexology

IMPRINTED SEXUAL FANTASIES:
A NEW KEY FOR SEXOLOGY

Facilitator:
James Park, existential philosopher

E-mail:
[email protected]

Phone:
612-871-7275

Course description:

We will read and discuss a book of the same name:
Imprinted Sexual Fantasies: A New Key for Sexology.
ISF offers a new explanation of human sexuality:
Each person is imprinted with specific sex-scripts
or sexual fantasies during our first 20 years of life.
Our first sexual responses are created not by nature,
not by nurture, but by mental imprinting.
If this hypothesis proves substantially correct,
it could revolutionize modern sexology.

Is this seminar for you?
Ten teasers from the text
might help you decide.

Eleven chapters will be discussed in 5 sessions:

Session 1:

I. INTRODUCING THE SEX-SCRIPT HYPOTHESIS
This chapter is available free of charge on the Internet:
See the table of contents.
Participants in this class should read these 16 pages
before the first session.
After we introduce the class and the participants,
we will discuss this first chapter.
Copies of the printed book will be available in class
for the wholesale price: $25. ($10 for PDF)

Session 2:

II. THE EVOLUTIONARY BACKGROUND OF HUMAN SEX-SCRIPTS
III. SEXUAL IMPRINTING AT CRITICAL PERIODS IN PSYCHO-SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT

Session 3:

IV. THREE LEVELS OF SEX-SCRIPTS
V. VARIETIES OF SEX-SCRIPTS

Session 4:

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

MN
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
James Park is an existential philosopher and sexologist. He is the author of the text used in this seminar. Those who have the interest and the time to explore more deeply are invited to visit An Existential Philosopher's Museum on the Internet: http://www.tc.umn.edu/~parkx032/. This museum has more than 1,000 rooms. And the ones you might be most interested in will be found by entering the SEXOLOGY door.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
612-871-7275
Class minimum size: 
10
Class maximum size: 
20
Time/Location
Additional class time information: 
This seminar will be arranged to suit the maximum number of people possible.
Location Accessibility: 
Yes
Address: 
MN
United States
exco
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New Ways of Loving: How Authenticity Transforms Relationships

NEW WAYS OF LOVING:
HOW AUTHENTICITY TRANSFORMS RELATIONSHIPS

Name of facilitator: James Park

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 612-871-7275

Course description:

Explore new perspectives for creating
more open, free, and growing relationships.
In five sessions we will explore 8 themes:

Session 1:
Meeting the other men and women of the group.
Introducing all the themes and distributing books.

Session 2:
(Ch. 1) recovering from romantic illusions;
(Ch. 2) becoming more Authentic;

Session 3:
(Ch. 3) maintaining freedom in love;
(Ch. 4) transcending pre-existing needs;

Session 4:
(Ch. 5) preventing jealousy by becoming unique;
(Ch. 6) opening to loving more than one person;

Session 5:
(Ch. 7) reinventing sex;
(Ch. 8) outgrowing masculinity and femininity.

Our resource for this seminar is:
New Ways of Loving:
How Authenticity Transforms Relationships
by James Park.
Click here for
more information about the text
.

Over 60 pages are available on the Internet.
These 8 chapters will be available in class for $20
Or you can buy the complete book in the sixth edition, 2007, for $35.
See options for buying these chapters
.
A PDF of these first 8 chapters is also available for $10,
including the cost of electronic payment by PayPal.

James Park is an existential philosopher
and the leader of this seminar.
A comprehensive course description appears here:
http://www.tc.umn.edu/~parkx032/D-NWL.html
.

Class Time:

This course description remains on the EXCO website
because New Ways of Loving might be offered again in 2014.
If interested, click to join.

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

Lofts on Arts Avenue Minneapolis, MN
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
James Park is author of the text for this seminar: New Ways of Loving: How Authenticity Transforms Relationships, which is now in its 6th edition. He has led this seminar dozens of times, during which he wrote and revised the book.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
612-871-7275
Class minimum size: 
10
Class maximum size: 
30
Time/Location
Location Accessibility: 
Yes
Address: 
Lofts on Arts Avenue Minneapolis, MN
United States
44° 59' 0.0024" N, 93° 16' 0.012" W
Additional class location information: 
http://www.tc.umn.edu/~parkx032/LAA.html
Minneapolis
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