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The Male Brain by Louann Brizendine
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Two scholars with deep roots in the Bay Area have the ability to make their science available to the general public.  Elaine Pagals, who wrote Beyond Belief and The Gnostic Gospels has brought alive the search for Jesus in early texts.  Louanne Brizendine, author of The Female Brain and, now, The Male Brain, has brought science to the popular questions raised in less-scientific, pop-psychology books like Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.

The male brain has an area for sexual pursuit 2.5 times larger than female brains, she says in today's SF Chronicle'sSunday Profile, building on the differences she brought up in The Female Brain.  She explains the biological reasons for age-old gender questions and stereotype, such as why women talk more than men and why men don't listen, how men jump into problem-solving mode while women just want to be heard, why women go to the bathroom in groups, and why men emotionally shut down after fights.  Her blunt talk about sex and how "men have, for all of these years, not been able to give voice to their own natural urges" is sure to keep this book in the public colloquium for years to come.