The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 6/2/2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Human Nature
The Enigma
The Power of Parasites
Genetic Mutiny and Gender
The Peacock's Tale
Polygamy and the Nature of Men
Monogamy and the Nature of Women
Sexing the Mind
The Uses of Beauty
The Intellectual Chess Game
Epilogue The Self-Domesticated Ape 345(6)
Notes 351(18)
Bibliography 369(26)
Index 395

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