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The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

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10 years, 9 months ago at Feb 28 14:39
Matt Ridley takes on the onerous task of explaining why sex even exists in the whole grand scheme of evolution of species. He then goes on to explain it's consequences, among other things. He explains the science without getting heavy handed with jargon and a dash of wit. My favourite book about evolution and genetics, so far. Totally, utterly, fascinating.
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Description: 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 conditio ... (more)
Manufacturer: Harper Perennial
Release date: 29 April 2003
ISBN-10 : 0060556579 | ISBN-13: 9780060556570
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