The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature (Google eBook)
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 - Goodreads
Darwin's theory of natural selection opened a can of worms. Matt Ridley adds to the support for the case by attempting to explain: Why sexual and not asexual reproduction? Why males and females? Why ... Read full review
Review: The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human NatureUser Review - Udae - Goodreads
Following quote in the last chapter basically sums this book up perfectly: "Just as Mercator could not get the relative sizes of Europe and Africa correct until he had the perspective that longitude ... Read full review