The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

by Matt Ridley

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The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature by Matt Ridley

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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ISBN-13: 9780060556570
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/29/2003
Series: Harper Perennial
Edition description: 1st. Perennial Edition
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 318,021
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Matt Ridley is the award-winning, bestselling author of several books, including The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves; Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters; and The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature. His books have sold more than one million copies in thirty languages worldwide. He writes regularly for The Times (London) and The Wall Street Journal, and is a member of the House of Lords. He lives in England.

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The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an amazingly well-written book. Ridley describes some very complex concepts in language that is easy to understand. Interesting to people in the field, but simple enough for anyone to read. I highly recommend it. One of the important points to keep in mind when thinking about evolutionary psychology, and one which Ridley emphasizes, is just because something is 'natural' doesn't mean it is 'right'. For example, forced copulation (i.e. rape) is a 'natural' behavior in many animal species. You wouldn't argue, though, that this means rape should not be a criminal offense. This book does not espouse any particular political ideology and anyone who attempts to use it to do so is probably taking something out of context. Read this with an open mind.
TrueStories More than 1 year ago
We all know that there is no reasoning with the basis of attraction in people. Now we have the answer, this book explores the theory of sexual attraction in various species including ours. Why do women like "bad boys"? Why are mem so polygamous? What is the genetic payoff here for both? And why are we all so attracted to performers? This book does an excellent job of answering these questions and more. I picked this book up out of curiosity about the Red Queen's Race frome Alice in Wonderland. To my surprise, this book had many other revelations. At it's lowest level this book could be considered a manual for seduction for both genders. At the highest level it can reveal the reason for our unconcious choices and allow us to deal with life at a much wiser level. If you want to get above the Darwin rat race, read this book. If you want to understand your mate or why you are attracted to a particular kind of mate, read this book. If you want to get the most unwelcome surprise of your life, don't read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every social science and liberal arts student on the college level should immediately read this book. In fact every person claiming to be educated needs to read this excellent treatment of central concepts in biology. Well written and significant for our survival as humans overcoming the forces of ignorance and religious dogma.
commandereagle2 More than 1 year ago
This is perhaps my favorite lay-person book on human biology. It convincingly describes and makes a case for human evolutionary psychology covering topics from family structures, feminism, and the battle of the sexes. This is considered a classic for a reason.
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book was good