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The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

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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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Citing the Red Queen from "Through the Looking Glass, " who has to keep running to stay in the same place, Ridley demonstrates why sex is humanity's best strategy for outwitting its constantly mutating internal predators, and answers dozens of other riddles of human nature and culture.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [369]-393) and index.

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Matt Ridley is the author of provocative books on evolution, genetics, and society. His books have sold over 800,000 copies, have been translated into twenty-seven languages, and have won several awards.

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Shirin, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Shirin)
There is nothing like some clear cut science - told through the witty words of Ridley - to clarify one our greatest mysteries: Why the two sexes are the way they are. He tackles the problem from every angle while revealing some astonishing facts. By the end of it all, you may not necessarily like the Red Queen, but you will come to respect and appreciate her race against herself while wondering if she is aware that her destination remains undefined.
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Brook, June 8, 2007 (view all comments by Brook)
Science writing does not have to be dull and Matt Ridley proves it. This is one of the most fascinating books I have ever read of any genre. Highly recommended, 5 stars, A++!!!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060556570
Author:
Ridley, Matt
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
by Matt Ridley
Location:
New York
Subject:
Sex
Subject:
Human evolution
Subject:
Social evolution
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution - Human
Subject:
Biology
Subject:
Biology-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
2001-10
Publication Date:
20030431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
7.4375 x 5 in 3.44 oz

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Product details 416 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780060556570 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Citing the Red Queen from "Through the Looking Glass, " who has to keep running to stay in the same place, Ridley demonstrates why sex is humanity's best strategy for outwitting its constantly mutating internal predators, and answers dozens of other riddles of human nature and culture.

"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [369]-393) and index.
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