Why Men Fight and Why we Like to Watch

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Why Men Fight and Why we Like to Watch

Post by Hamilcar on Sat Apr 25, 2015 2:03 pm

Why Men Fight & Why We Like to Watch With Jonathan Gottschall

Jonathan Gottschall was an associate professor of English whose career had stalled in mid-life. Then one day he looked out his office window, saw a MMA gym across the street, and decided he was going to train to become a fighter. He wanted both to prove something to himself and to gain firsthand experiences to draw from in writing a book about the biology, anthropology, and sociology of male violence. The result was The Professor in the Cage: Why Men Fight and Why We Like to Watch. In this episode I talk to Gottschall about violence and masculinity and why getting in a fight may be the best thing a man can do for himself.
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Why an English professor decided to become a MMA fighter in middle-age
How Gottschall’s assumptions about violence changed after his training and research into male violence
How MMA training benefited other areas of his life
The role of honor in male violence
How ritualized violence is a benefit to society
Why some sociologists think we need to bring back the duel
Why we like to watch other men fight and be violent
Why men like to fight more than women
And much more!
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