The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature
Referring to Lewis Carroll's Red Queen from Through the Looking-Glass, a character who has to keep running to stay in the same place, Matt Ridley demonstrates why sex is humanity's best strategy for outwitting its constantly mutating internal predators. The Red Queen answers dozens of other riddles of human nature and culture -- including why men propose marriage, the method behind our maddening notions of beauty, and the disquieting fact that a woman is more likely to conceive a child by an adulterous lover than by her husband. Brilliantly written, The Red Queen offers an extraordinary new way of interpreting the human condition and how it has evolved.
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Review: The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human NatureUser Review - Dave Peticolas - Goodreads
Ridley presents the current research and theories on sexual selection, evolutionary arms races, and the evolution of sex itself. Read full review
Review: The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human NatureUser Review - Brian - Goodreads
Good analysis of competitive evolution. I like The Selfish Gene as a better overall informative source on genetics, but this builds on it in more specific areas Read full review