The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature
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 - Aziz Alkattan - Goodreads
Although at first I didn't really enjoy it much, as it was revolving more around animals rather than humans, towards the end I was not able to put it down. Very well written, very well researched, and very very informative. This book is definitely on the top of my recommendation list. Read full review
Review: The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human NatureUser Review - Riley Holmes - Goodreads
Ridley gives many interesting examples and counterexamples of how reproduction works in different species in the animal kingdom. Water fleas are all females, but pop out a male every few generations ... Read full review