THE RED QUEEN. Sex and the Evolution of. Human Nature. MATT RIDLEY. Perennial. An Imprint ofHarperCollinsPublishers. Download full-text PDF. BOOK. I REVIEW. The. Red. Queen: Sex. and Red. Queen: Sex. and. the. Evolution. of. Human Nature. Matt. Ridley. 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 demonstrate.
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Something that I also always believed, he says that what makes people similar is much stronger and runs much deeper than what makes us different. He says that the differences are so small that it just makes more sense to study what makes us similar instead and what makes men and women different. Also read my article on a similar vein: It's human universals, not differences that are truly intriguing.
Everything else is a means to that end. A martian is far more interesting in the typical weed plant. It is the human universals, not the differences that are truly intriguing. Also, what has Hitler to do with it? One example says nothing.
Also the author mentions a study of men and women watching sex scenes and say that women were not aroused by gay scenes.
I remember the opposite and that women got lubricated at any sex scene.
Evidence suggests that? The author repeats a few times that selfish drives trump altruistic ones. And that might true. However I feel he often pushes the envelop too much. For example when he says that society with free competition is not good for the whole. And yet look around yourself. Your computer, your cellphones, you clothes… Everything you see around you was motivated at least in part by competition and selfish desire.
Also the author quotes a rather popular study saying that one inch in height equates 6.
Some Wrong Conclusions The author says that the mating system monogamous or polygamous depends on how much a woman stands to gain by marrying a man with other women or by picking a less well off single man.
And that depends a lot on how wealth is distributed and if other women can prevent the sharing of their men. The author then says that in spite men are the active seducers, they are spectators on whether a society is monogamous or polygamous.
But that makes no sense, because legal framework and wealth distribution is also, of course, heavily influenced by men in the society.
Sometimes Repetitive A few concepts, like men who stand to gain by mating with many females, repeat several times across The Red Queen. Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled Audible book: Audible book Switch back and forth between reading the site book and listening to the Audible book with Whispersync for Voice.
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Neil Strauss. Practical Female Psychology: For the Practical Man. Joseph South. One of the main biological reasons, contends Ridley, is to combat disease. By constantly combining and recombining genes every generation, people "keep their genes one step ahead of their parasites," thereby strengthening resistance to bacteria and viruses that cause deadly diseases or epidemics.
Called the "Red Queen Theory" by biologists after the chess piece in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass which runs but stays in the same place, this hypothesis is just one of the controversial ideas put forth in this witty, elegantly written inquiry.
Ridley, a London-based science writer and a former editor of the Economist , argues that men are polygamous for the obvious reason that whichever gender has to spend the most time and energy creating and rearing offspring tends to avoid extra mating. Women, though far less interested in multiple partners, will commit adultery if stuck with a mediocre mate. In Ridley's not wholly convincing conclusion, even human intellect is chalked up to sex: Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.
This is a fascinating book filled with lucid prose and seductive reasoning. Freelance science writer Ridley reaches into the literature of genetics; molecular, theoretical and evolutionary biology; ecology; sociology; and anthropology to weave an extraordinary tale of the evolution of human nature, beginning with the evolution of sex.
Using Lewis Carroll's Red Queen who runs as fast as she can to stay in the same place as a metaphor for evolution, Ridley shows how sex was the result of an evolutionary arms race between hosts and their disease-causing parasites.
Ridley covers so much ground that transitions may be abrupt or unclear, particularly in the last two chapters; also, his review of human homosexuality is thin. His occasionally pompous style including his immediate dismissal of those who do not believe in evolution may offend some readers. However, Ridley clearly explains many complex and remarkable concepts for a wide audience. Highly recommended.
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The kind of book you find so interesting that you can't help but talk about at a family reunion. Then you realize you've been talking to your fifteen year old nephew about sexual evolution for the past two hours and that's the last time you see your brother. Hardcover Verified download. This book is great for the science geeks out there. Being one, I enjoyed it very much. My background is in genetics and biology, so I can bore my friends at cocktail parties with my bio-ramblings, but this book is approachable and facinating to read for anyone.
Mr Ridley does a masterful job of describing how species evolve over time to avoid predation, but also how predators evolve to counter the prey's evolutionary changes.
In essence, the players keep changing, but the play stays the same. Highly recommended for anyone looking for an educational and fulfilling read that will open your eyes to worlds you may not have considered before. A well-written and very insightful rollercoaster ride through genetics, primatology, ecology, comparative zoology, neurobiology, linguistics, and psychology.
A skillful, guided tour that is useful not only because it teaches, but because it dares to put relative values upon the existing theories out there. A compelling case is made for the "causes" of man's intellectual differentiation from other apes, and the evidence presented causes one to consider these questions in a novel, very unexpected ways.
Ridley is not afraid to take a stand and systematically crush the "man is totally unique" humanist evolutionary theory crowd, and he does this by relating how other species handle what we tend to think are problems unique to man. By the end of the book, you will find yourself reluctantly uneasy Highly recommend. Fantastic read. I've never considered myself the kind of person that reads science books for pleasure. This book changed my mind about that. The understanding I've gained of the theory of evolution and the interpretation here have changed my perception of the world.
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Without judgement, in an interesting way, facts are laid out and discussed in a compelling logical manner. Easy to read. Go slower for better understanding. Try discussing the implications of this book in a public setting, and be accused of 1st degree thought crimes.
Paperback Verified download. The Red Queen: According to the author, human beings were "designed" to reproduce and that without understanding competitive reproduction we will not be able to comprehend the human psyche and nature.
The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature
Well known journalist, scientist and educator; Matt Ridley, brings us a well-rounded science book that deals with many fascinating topics involving sexual evolution. The first third of book or so starts off a little dense and may put off some readers but once it picks up it really takes off and rewards readers with invaluable knowledge.
This page book is composed of the following ten chapters: Human Nature, 2. The Enigma, 3. The Power of Parasites, 4. Genetic Mutiny and Gender, 5. The Peacock's Tale, 6. Polygamy and the Nature of Men, 7. Monogamy and the Nature of Women, 8. Sexing the Mind, 9.
The Uses of Beauty, and The Intellectual Chess Game. A well-written and well-researched book. The fascinating topic of sexual evolution in the hands of a master. The book was originally published in but it holds up generally well and it's still worth reading. Good use of the best that science had to offer at that time.
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Thought-provoking and refreshingly honest and witty approach. Provides compelling arguments in support of a universal human nature. Explains the reasoning behind the title which is a metaphor in evolution for "the faster you run, the more the world moves with you and the less you make progress".
Some great analogies, "The fashion in evolutionary science now is to scoff at progress; evolution is a treadmill, not a ladder".
What sex is. A look from three different kinds of scientists. Great stuff. The unbelievable world of sex in both the animal and plant kingdom. The influenza epidemic that followed killed 25 million in four months". What drive the evolution of sex.
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Understanding what evolution is in a practical sense. How science works to address a problem. Understanding gender in terms of "genetic lottery".
Or leave it to the environment.If you are satisfied with the hetero-normative, monogamous, anglo, male-dominated definitions of sex and partnership and if you are going to read this book as popular literature rather than as complete and well-founded scientific conjecture go right ahead.
The author studied zoology before becoming a journalist and science writer. Wealth and power are a means to women which lead to genetic eternity. Red Queen is only a part of the explanation for why we are sexual. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Understanding the evil practice of female infanticide. Some Wrong Conclusions The author says that the mating system monogamous or polygamous depends on how much a woman stands to gain by marrying a man with other women or by picking a less well off single man.
Gametes have genes which have been intermixed via recombination in meiosis. It's a fun book. Thank you for your feedback.