Posts Tagged ‘Biology’

Why do women talk and make noises during sex?


” The studies revealed that orgasm was most frequently reported by women following self-manipulation of the clitoris, manipulation by the partner, oral sex delivered to the woman by a man, and least frequently during vaginal penetration.

More detailed examination of responses during intercourse revealed that, while female orgasms were most commonly experienced during foreplay, copulatory vocalizations were reported to be made most often before and simultaneously with male ejaculation.

These data together clearly demonstrate a dissociation of the timing of women experiencing orgasm and making copulatory vocalizations and indicate that there is at least an element of these responses that are under conscious control, providing women with an opportunity to manipulate male behavior to their advantage. “


It is interesting to see more information coming out on how men and women really behave in intimate situations, that is not reflected through the lens of gender politics or the tropes of masculine or feminine pornography.

Two interesting observations in this study are that the majority of women are willing to stay with a man who, while otherwise satisfactory, does not induce them to have orgasms during sex. And that women often use encouraging comments during sex to enhance their man’s self-esteem and strengthen the pair bond.

Is it the end of feathered Tyrannosaurus rex?


A critique of the claims that T. rex has been proven not to have had feathers:



My theory on feathers, T. rex, and tiny forelimbs:


The ‘tiny’ forelimbs of Tyrannosaurs.

More gap-toothed women (and men)


Questions from “L”

“L” writes:

“Mr. O’Dea,

I am an avid reader of many blogs, I always enjoy reading about other peoples take on the world and I have found your blog to be rather interesting and have been a regular reader ever since I stumbled on it several years ago.

Since I like reading about your opinions I was wondering if it were to be possible if we could have a correspondence where I could ask you some questions and I could hear your perspective. I understand it if you don’t want to. But if you would be open to it I would be very grateful.


My first question:


I know that you are very religious and yet you believe in evolution. How do reconcile your faith and Darwin’s theory? Most Christians reject evolution because they believe that it is incompatible with the Bible a position I agree with. Yes, I know that you are Catholic and that the Vatican is not hostile and in some cases tolerant and welcoming of the theory, but your position still confuses me. Were you raised to be hostile towards it and later on accept it as valid? Or did your parents accept it and passed that acceptance on to you?



My Second question:

How do you feel about Protestantism and the man who set it in motion, Martin Luther? Do you believe that Protestants are saved?

Most Protestants (Lutherans, Methodists, Baptists etc.) believe that Catholicism is a false religion and I’m sure that the feeling must be mutual.

Why do you believe that Catholicism is the true religion that God established on earth versus Protestantism?



I have more questions but that will do for now.


Thank you for reading this email and please reply,

A reader”


My reply:

I haven’t had many private queries about this blog, but this one just arrived. So below are my answers.

On evolution, I believe the Darwinian theory is the most plausible in terms of an explanation for what we observe in fossils and in the modern natural world. I went to a Catholic boys’ school where evolution was taught as a “given”. I have always been most interested in science, especially biology, and I was happy with what I was taught in that line.

On the question of Protestantism, I have always liked the remark of Cardinal Newman, the 19th century convert from Anglicanism, when he said “they [the Protestants] can make a case …” And they can. I think, ultimately, these things come down to a matter of choice or intuition. I have never felt the need to move away from Catholicism.

I think Protestants can be saved, but in my view, because they do not recognise sacraments like confession, it is harder for them. That is my opinion anyway.

I really only studied Protestantism a bit a few years ago. I understand that the basic difference in view, at least as regards salvation, is that Protestants believe that one can be saved by faith. Catholics believe that we can become better and worse in life, but that faith alone is not enough. One must persevere to the end.

I hope these comments help. The two topics you have raised are, in my experience, extremely difficult and contentious ones, but I have tried to outline an answer for you.




Was T. rex feathered?


From here:

I have written about this here:

The “tiny” forelimbs of Tyrannosaurs

There must be a module in the male mind that responds to curves in general



An article gets attention on Reddit

This old article written by a woman contributor:

The natural inferiority of women by “ContentWoman”

has just attracted a lot more attention, because of this note and comments at Reddit.