The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature (Google eBook)

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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

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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

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Okay, so the good points of the book: when the author discusses the up to date and relevant research of scientists, he does so respectfully, succinctly, and accurately. He does not both too much with ... 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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