- Taschenbuch: 416 Seiten
- Verlag: Harper Perennial; Auflage: Perennial. (29. April 2003)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0060556579
- ISBN-13: 978-0060556570
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,5 x 2,4 x 20,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 19 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 379.144 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 29. April 2003
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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 illustr how it influences our intellect, our choice of mates, and our social structu -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Matt Ridley is the award-winning, bestselling author of several books, including The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves; Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters; and The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature. His books have sold more than one million copies in thirty languages worldwide. He writes regularly for The Times (London) and The Wall Street Journal, and is a member of the House of Lords. He lives in England.
The "red queen" is a metaphor for an arms race. In an arms race both sides run as fast and as hard as they can to stay in the same place relatively speaking. In evolution the arms race is between parasite and host or between predator and prey. Both are running as fast as they can just to keep up, because when one gets an advantage, the other finds a counter. The red queen comes from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There (1871) since that monarch ran as fast as she could but never got anywhere at all. The red queen is also a metaphor for the theory that there is no "progress" in evolution, that "...species do not get better at surviving... Their chances of extinction are random" (p. 64).
Ridley covers a lot of territory here, ranging from sex to the handicap principle to gossip to why our brains are big (to figure out what the other person is up to!). The Red Queen answers the question, "Why is there sex?" Apparently we have sexuality rather than asexuality because of the arms race between microbes and our immune systems. Sex is a way of storing defenses against parasites in the gene pool of the species and then mixing them anew each generation to fool the microbes.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
If you want to see how scientific and rational thought should be done, this is the book for you. Arguments and counterarguments are presented clearly and given equal time. If the behavior of the opposite sex ever confused you or angered you, this is the book for you. There's nothing like understanding to help us get along with each other.
He's a bit idolizing of some of his sources but it doesn't get in the way of what he's saying. It's information dense, but the writing is not at all dry. It was hard for me to put down.
Matt Ridley provides a good overview of scientific debate and research regarding the evolution of sex in the myriad species of earth (blue planet, third rock form sun). He melds the tension between inborn/innate characteritics and learning/culture amicably. This 'tension' is a perennial one, being more about definitions and models than absolutes, but one in which a better understanding and complementary framework is gradually gaining consensus. Any scientist worth his salt will realise that the tension between these two complimentary parts of our existance will be continued to be modified, updated, redefined and reviewed with the further gathering of knowledge. There are no absolutes when it comes to such things. Matt Ridley manages to hold and communicate this understanding pretty admirably.
Having read and admired some of his works, I do detect a subtle bias in his discourses, but it is not a bias which is held without evidence, nor one in which the tension between doubt and certainty is absent. He backs up his assertions with empirical evidence, he bases models of the human condition on such evidence, and he allows room for modification and review where necessary. Just the way science should be. He does have his leanings, but he makes it clear where these are, holding these with sobriety.
There are many theories of sex outlined in this book. I won't spoil the fun by detailing them.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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The arguments presented here withstand scrutiny, the author includes his own doubts about the arguments presented and admits that the red queen theory isn't perfect but is the one... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 15. September 2013 von Andrew Terry Buttigieg
Another great book by Matt Ridley. It's a bit more dense than his outstanding book "Genome". Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 5. Juli 2000 von Christopher M. Adams
After reading Robert Wright's 'The Moral Animal' (another excellent book on the subject) i was ready for more, and this book certainly keeps up the high quality penetrating and... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 16. Mai 2000 von Willem Noe
Ricley is a master of the human and animal scene. You will never view a historical film, observe animals on TV or in the zoo without thinking of this book. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 2. April 2000 von Allan Karson
This is the book that introduced me to what has become a favourite avocation: Evolutionary Biology.
The Red Queen is a fascinating and accessible introduction to a profoundly... Lesen Sie weiter...
This is a thorough, cogent and very readable treatise on the one subject that fascinates us all. I have also read Ridley's "The Origins of Virtue. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 11. März 2000 von Barry Wiggins
Like everyone else, I found the book entertaining, fascinating, illuminating, etc., so I don't have much to add to what others have already said. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 9. Januar 2000 von Martian Bachelor
I first read this book when I was 14. It was recommended to me by the father of my boyfriend at the time with these words of advice: It will change your life. And it certainly did. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 23. Dezember 1999 von Hilary Saltmarsh
This book demolishes the vogue current theories that beauty is a result of what society says it is. Rather sexual attraction has to with our own biologically programmed bodies,... Lesen Sie weiter...Am 31. August 1999 veröffentlicht