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The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature | [Matt Ridley]

The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

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.
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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.

©1993 Matt Ridley (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Luigi Grimaldi 11-13-14 Member Since 2015
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    What did you like best about The Red Queen? What did you like least?

    I liked the scientific and eyebrow raising genetic drives behind mating and adultery.
    I did not like the long-winded explanation of the concepts; unnecessarily verbose.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Matt Ridley again?

    No. His style is too verbose. Too many details and explanations.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I enjoyed Mr. Ridley's frankness when he was frank. I disliked his long explanations.


    Do you think The Red Queen needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes. If there is more research on the topic I would gladly read it if only he could be more terse, as terseness would suit his nice English voice.


    Any additional comments?

    A good book that could be a super book if 50% briefer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T. Myers 02-25-14
    T. Myers 02-25-14

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    "Great explanation of sex and gender"
    What did you love best about The Red Queen?

    Detailed explanation of the underlying drivers behind the evolutionary basis for sex and gender.


    Any additional comments?

    I am very interested in evolutionary theory and for me this book really hit the spot. Very detailed and interesting background on the basis for sex and gender in people and animals. Some might find this book somewhat offensive as it assumes both physical and mental differences between the sexes which goes against PC thinking but it is well justified and clearly explained.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Navarro 4905 Balustrade Blvd Lacey WA 98513 02-28-13
    Navarro 4905 Balustrade Blvd Lacey WA 98513 02-28-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Who would have thought sex could be so interesting"

    If you ever wondered why men and women act the way we do this book will reveal the answers. From why men are aggresive by nature to why mothers and family always comment on why a baby looks like dad. This book is filled with facinating insights into human nature. Read by Simon Prebble who is my favorite narrator only adds to the book! yes its a science book so if your not into science you may not enjoy it. But if your a nerd you will love it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    SamanthaG Marietta GA 08-20-12
    SamanthaG Marietta GA 08-20-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Not what you think it will be..."

    Whoever chose the title for this book was a genius! "Red Queen" and "Sex" hint at something a bit humorous and titillating. It ends up being a rather boring discussion about human reproduction being sexual rather than asexual and conjecture as to why. It harkens back to 10th grade biology and the study of Gregor Mendel and his genes. I zoned out on this stuff in the 10th grade and again in the middle of this book. If you're biologically inclined, you might find it interesting. The narrator is good and injects humorous tidbits here and there, but not enough to hold my attention.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Jacksonville, FL, United States 11-30-11
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    "Great title, boring book"

    One of the few books in my Audible history that I haven't finished. Got it because of the title....very catchy. Unfortunately, it's just a pschological treatise on a narrow subject that every once in a while throws in a reference (sometimes abstract) to Alice's Red Queen. Probably would have been better to buy it based on its merits (as to which I have no opinion) but it was a disappointment based on expectations the title produced. Essentially a one trick pony.

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    Kevin 07-24-12
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    4 of 25 people found this review helpful
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