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In new book, psychologist tackles the question: What is desire?




Two people kiss in front of the Eiffel Tower at sunset on March 5, 2014 in Paris.
Two people kiss in front of the Eiffel Tower at sunset on March 5, 2014 in Paris.
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Two decades ago, psychology David M. Buss undertook an ambitious project to study human mating, studying the behaviors and thoughts of more than 10,000 people.

The results, published in the book “The Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating” were as illuminating as controversial. In the latest edition of the seminal book, Buss updates his theory and adds new knowledge to the scholarship of human desire, looking at homosexuality, how technology shapes love and lust, among other things.

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David Buss, professor of psychology at the University of Texas, Austin, and author of a number of books, including “The Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating,” which is has revised in a new paperback edition