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The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Penguin USA
Publication date June 1, 1995
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780140245486
ISBN-10 0140245480
Dimensions 1.25 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.75 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $16.00
Other format details sci/tech
§As reported by publisher
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: Two fascinating questions lie at the heart of The Red Queen: Why is Homo sapiens a sexual species, and what implications does this have for human nature? That man is sexual may seem unremarkable, yet in fact not all plants and animals need to have sex to reproduce; simple cloning is practiced by many animals with much greater efficiency. To understand how life evolves, and what benefit sex provides for humans, we must think like the Red Queen in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass, who had to keep running just to stay in place. According to a controversial yet persuasive new theory, evolution is not about progress, but about changing in order to survive. Because humans are in a perpetual battle with the parasites lurking within our bodies, we need to be able to change molecular locks as fast as parasites invent new keys. Sex enables us to alter genetic combinations every generation. Sex, then, is a vital weapon in disease resistance. It enables us to change, not so we progress ahead, but so we avoid falling behind. But what does all this mean for human nature? From a lucid overview of the Red Queen theory, Matt Ridley follows the logic of its argument into the heart of human behavior. For just as the human eye is a product of evolution, so is human nature. Evolutionary theory provides the clues to help us understand fundamental facts about human beings, from our fashion consciousness to our "system of monogamy plagued by adultery." Ridley's probing mind asks a series of provocative questions. Is mankind naturally polygamous like most of our ape relatives? Are men and women mentally different as well as physically, and if so why? Why do people share so many sexual habits withswallows? Are our notions of human beauty arbitrary, or is there method in them? Jumping into the middle of the debate over the definition of "human nature, " The Red Queen offers an extraordinary new way of interpreting the human condition and how it has evolved. It throws fresh light

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780026033404
 
from Macmillan Pub Co (January 1, 1994)
9780026033404 | details & prices | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.50 in. | 1.95 lbs | List price $25.00
About: A look at the implications of sex and human nature draws on cutting-edge research to detail the evolution of sex in plants and animals and to illustrate how it influences our intellect, our choice of mates, and our social structure
Paperback
Book cover for 9780060556570 Book cover for 9780140245486
 
Reprint edition from Perennial (May 1, 2003)
9780060556570 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $15.99
About: 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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Reprint edition from Penguin USA (June 1, 1995)
9780140245486 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.25 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $16.00
About: Two fascinating questions lie at the heart of The Red Queen: Why is Homo sapiens a sexual species, and what implications does this have for human nature?

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