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Stories by Jesse Bering

One Last Goodbye: The Strange Case of Terminal Lucidity

I'm as sworn to radical rationalism as the next neo-Darwinian materialist. That said, over the years I've had to "quarantine," for lack of a better word, a few anomalous personal experiences that have stubbornly defied my own logical understanding of them.

November 25, 2014 — Jesse Bering

A Good Man is Hard to Find, So Here’s an (Evolutionary) Tip

We’re herd animals... especially the female members of our species when it comes to their dating instincts. That’s the conclusion one might reasonably draw from the results of a new study in press at the journal Human Nature.

July 15, 2014 — Jesse Bering
The Original Cupid Was a Sociopath

The Original Cupid Was a Sociopath

“Winged Cupid, rash and hardy, who by his evil manners, contemning all public justice and law, armed with fire and arrows, running up and down in the nights from house to house, and corrupting lawful marriages of every person, doth nothing but evil.” Lucius Apuleius, The Tale of Cupid and Psyche (late second century A.D.) [...]

February 14, 2014 — Jesse Bering
Ian Stevenson’s Case for the Afterlife: Are We ‘Skeptics’ Really Just Cynics?

Ian Stevenson’s Case for the Afterlife: Are We ‘Skeptics’ Really Just Cynics?

If you’re anything like me, with eyes that roll over to the back of your head whenever you hear words like “reincarnation” or “parapsychology,” if you suffer great paroxysms of despair for human intelligence whenever you catch a glimpse of that dandelion-colored cover of Heaven Is For Real or other such books, and become angry when [...]

November 2, 2013 — Jesse Bering
Beware the Ultimate Orgasm: Autoerotic Fatalities

Beware the Ultimate Orgasm: Autoerotic Fatalities

The recent headlining report of a 70-year-old man who inserted a fork into his urethra in a misplaced effort to obtain sexual gratification—and who, in the process, unleashed a collective wince heard ’round the world once the x-ray image of his sounding went viral online—shines a light on the lengths some people will go to [...]

September 6, 2013 — Jesse Bering
I Don’t Mean to be Forward, but Please Park on my Face?

I Don’t Mean to be Forward, but Please Park on my Face?

For most of us, the prospect of getting injured in a car accident isn’t particularly erotic. But of course, that’s just most of us. When it comes to human sexuality, anything—and I really do mean anything—can become subjectively eroticized in a rogue mind.

September 3, 2013 — Jesse Bering
Bite Those Nails, Baby: A “Quick” Tale of Fingernail Fetishism

Bite Those Nails, Baby: A “Quick” Tale of Fingernail Fetishism

Suum cuique pulchrum est—“to each his own is beautiful.” For an otherwise normal, 23-year-old male patient described by the Wisconsin psychiatrist Austin McSweeny in 1972, the most arousing sexual fantasy was the image of an obese woman nibbling at her nails.

August 14, 2013 — Jesse Bering