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
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.
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