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Harper Perennial

Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

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Title: Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature
Author: Ridley, Matt
ISBN: 9780060556570
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Published: 2003
Binding: Book
Language: English
Condition: Used: Very Good
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Ecology & Biology 1408275

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"A terrific book, witty and lucid, and brimming with provocative conjectures." (Wall Street Journal) from the author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller Genome

Brilliantly written, The Red Queen compels us to rethink everything from the persistence of sexism to the endurance of romantic love.

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. The Red Queen offers an extraordinary new way of interpreting the human condition and how it has evolved.