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

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

User Review  - Noreen - Goodreads

This is a very enjoyable read full of surprising questions and answers. Who knew there were so many ways to replicate, even sexually? Matt Ridley is clearly not a blank slater. In chapters 8, 9, and ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Klára - Goodreads

Great topic, many interesting facts. I wish I had a more profound background in evolutionary biology, that way I would be more able to track the authors thoughts and maybe even decide for myself ... 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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