The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

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HarperCollins, Feb 14, 2012 - Science - 416 pages
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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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A very well researched and thorough book. - Goodreads
I should also mention - the book is hard to read. - Goodreads
Amazing insights into human nature. - Goodreads
Matt Ridley is a great writer. - Goodreads
Wonderful overview of the role of sex in evolution. - Goodreads
Matt Ridley is a brilliant science writer. - Goodreads

Review: The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

User Review  - Godfrey Mangenje - Goodreads

The first half of the book makes a very compelling and succinct argument. The concept of the red queen to evolutionary biologist is what Einstein's famous e is equal to mc squared is to physicists ... Read full review

Review: The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

User Review  - James - Goodreads

The eponymous metaphor of Alice in Wonderland's Red Queen, that in evolution one must run as fast as one can just to stay in the same place, is excellent. There are sections, however, that just drag on and on. Mixed feelings, mixed rating. Read full review

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Matt Ridley is the author of several award-winning books, including Genome, The Agile Gene, and The Red Queen, which have sold more than 800,000 copies in twenty-seven languages worldwide. He lives in England.

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