The Professor in the Cage: Why Men Fight and Why We Like to Watch

The Professor in the Cage: Why Men Fight and Why We Like to Watch

Jonathan Gottschall


An English professor starts off education in combined martial arts, exploring the technological know-how and background in the back of the violence of men
 
whilst a combined martial arts (MMA) fitness center opens around the road from his place of work, Jonathan Gottschall sees a problem. Pushing 40, off form, and upset together with his task as an accessory English professor, he works up his nerve and reveals himself education for an all-out cage struggle. He sees it not only as a private attempt, but additionally as a chance to respond to questions that experience intrigued him for years: Why do males struggle? And why accomplish that many possible respectable humans like to watch?
 
In The Professor within the Cage, Gottschall’s not likely trip from the varsity lecture room to the struggling with cage drives an immense new research into the technological know-how and heritage of violence. The surging approval for MMA—a full-contact recreation during which opponents punch, choke, and kick one another into submission—is only one instance of our species’ insatiable curiosity either in violence and within the rituals that hold violence in payment. From duels to soccer to the roughhousing of kids, people are masters of what Gottschall calls the monkey dance: a dizzying number of rule-bound contests that determine hierarchies whereas minimizing threat and social affliction. Gottschall’s unsparing odyssey—through extremes of soreness, occasional humiliation, his wife’s incredulity, and finally his personal cage fight—opens his, and our, eyes to the uncomfortable fact that, as brutal as those contests may be, the realm will be a way more chaotic and unsafe position with out them.

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