The Red Queen

The Red Queen

Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

Book - 2003
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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.

Publisher: New York : Perennial, 2003.
Edition: First Perennial edition.
ISBN: 9780060556570
0060556579
Branch Call Number: 599.938 RID
Characteristics: ix, 405 pages ; 21 cm

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Nov 14, 2017

I rather liked the first third (or maybe first half) of it the best: the survey of explanations of why sexual reproduction even exists, and why it exists the way it does. The oddest creatures are mentioned for examples.
Other oddness also is mentioned: putting baking soda into the vaginas of rabbits to determine the gender of the offspring (page 123). Such cruel perversion! Its astonishing that no one has ever really held to account the scientists for abusing the imprimatur of the quest for truth, as well as the theatrics of authority, to engage in and pursue their cruelly perverted imaginations!
No diagrams, charts, graphs, or tables - its all words.
Long bibliography, decent index. The notes were of the "See Dawkins (1982), pg x)" sort, forcing one to then flip to the bibliography - a second flip, and an annoying one.

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jmarynowski
Feb 27, 2013

I really enjoyed this book. It explores biology with a focus on the "why" not the "how" which makes it more accessible to people with little background in the sciences.

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