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Blow Your Mind: Evolution and the Orgasm Wars

"The Nightmare" by John Henry Fuseli (Universal History Archive/Getty Images)

What would aliens make of the human orgasm? Far more than a mere reproductive incentive, this intense neurological event stimulates human culture itself -- yet science still hasn't figured out exactly what the female orgasm is all about.

In this tasteful-but-fun episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I examine the two warring factions in the debate over female orgasm evolution. We cover a lot of ground, discussing all the various theories as well as a lot of wide-angle contemplation of la petite mort.

And as an aside, is this famous 1754 John Henry Fuseli painting "The Nightmare" really in exploration of the female orgasm?

Stuff to Blow Your Mind: Evolution and the Orgasm Wars

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About the Author: Robert Lamb is a senior writer and host at HowStuffWorks, where he co-hosts Stuff to Blow Your Mind. An avid science enthusiast, he boasts a deep love for monsters and a hankering for electronic music.

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