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Red Queen Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

ISBN-10: 0060556579
ISBN-13: 9780060556570
Edition: 2003
Authors: Matt Ridley
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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  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 4/29/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

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.

Acknowledgments
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
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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