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The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature Summary
Matt Ridley

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The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature Summary

Plot Summary

The Red Queen is an investigation into how sexual selection and the arms race for reproductive advantage between males and females is responsible for many cultural and biological facts that are characteristic of humans. In the book, the author explains both the biology and how that biological facts translate into culture differences. Fashion, beauty, monogamy, intelligence, and many other aspects of human psychology are explained through biological evolution by way of sexual selection.

The Red Queen begins with a defense of the concept of "human nature." The author argues that there is a definitive human nature that we can productively study through the evolutionary method. He then goes on to lay out the concept of the Red Queen and to explain sexual selection. A problem is posed as to how sexual reproduction can ever compete with the seemingly more effective method of asexual reproduction. The solution is found...

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