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  - Ben Nickell - Goodreads

A little hard to read straight through, but packed with information. Had to break it down into small chunks but an excellent summary of the history of sexual evolution. Read full review

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

User Review  - Anix - Goodreads

This is a fantastic book. Ridley shares some very provocative thoughts on sex, evolution, and how each of these impact human nature while providing some very interesting details about various species ... 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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