The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

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Harper Collins, 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
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
Some of the best science writing out there - Goodreads

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User Review  - Jason - Goodreads

I've been interested in evolutionary biology lately, for whatever reason. Ridley shares some interesting history and science in this book but it was hard for me to get in to. It was definitely easier ... Read full review

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User Review  - Shawn Stone - Goodreads

Our two biological drives are to survive and reproduce. Sex determines everything and subsequently, man's evolutionary narrative has unfolded in response to these two imperatives. Well researched ... 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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