The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

Matt Ridley
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Chapter Abstracts

* The Red Queen starts with a discussion of nature. To understand evolution, we must first understand sexual reproduction.

* Many theories about evolution have come to light throughout history.

* Before Darwin, no one really understood the science of evolution.

* In the 1970s, Richard Dawkins argued persuasively that the organism/individual is merely a container for genes.

* Through sexual reproduction, we are "dealt" a hand of genes from our parents, who were dealt a different hand by their respective parents and so on, back to the beginning of time.

* Sexual reproduction calls for two different sexes - male and female.

* The history of evolution is the history of a never-ending arms race.

* Each organism competes with every other to pass down more genes for the next generation.

* Sexual selection is the selection of traits based on how appealing they are to potential mates.

* Determining the parts of human nature...

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