Welcome to the SexQuest Blog! In this forum, we will present and discuss what we hope are mainly cutting-edge issues in the diverse field of sexology, as well as practical issues that may be of interest to our readers. We’ll start by focusing on the overall topic areas that subtitle the SexQuest Blog:
- International Trends, centered around the CCIES at The Kinsey Institute, the online version of our award-winning book, The Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality (CCIES), that will be posted in its entirety over the next year at The Kinsey Institute website. Discussions related to the actual book are also welcome. The CCIES is simply the most comprehensive compilation of information about sexual behavior and attitudes from 62 countries and places covering every continent by 280 authors. We hope that we will discover others who are knowledgeable about what we haven’t covered to help us expand and update it.
- Chaotic Systems, derived from the terminology I coined in my doctoral dissertation, the human sexuality complex, to describe the “unity and interconnectedness of the diverse biomedical and psychosocial dimensions involving human sexuality factors” that determine human behavior in chaotically complex ways. It is that complexity that makes sexual behavior so difficult to understand or change or accept for so many people. Thus, using chaos theory, we might say that we human sexuality is governed by probability models that we have yet to elucidate.
- Alternative Futures, conceived with the belief that we can have a say in what our sexual futures hold. This topic also relates to my interest in sexuality in outer space and other extreme environments, the subject of a chapter I wrote for the CCIES (“Outer Space and Antarctica”), as well as my dissertation on sex in space. As a futurist, I can say that humanity’s probable future is like forecasting a hurricane, yet our preferable future is not out of reach, with respect to sexual health and ecology. What does the future of sexuality look like?
I have included a Miscellaneous Off-Topic category, as well, for some topics that may fit some discussions as peripherally related (it has been said that I sometimes diverge off the topic I’m discussing—that damn chaos). It may also include less-serious asides that others might appreciate or have an interest in. I’ll expand the category listings as time and reader interest allows.
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Enjoy your explorations!
Ray Noonan, Ph.D.
SexQuest Blog Admin.