The Red Queen

Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

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Author: Matt Ridley

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062200712

Category: Science

Page: 416

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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 demonstrates why sex is humanity's best strategy for outwitting its constantly mutating internal predators. 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.

The Red Queen

Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

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Author: Matt Ridley

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 404

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The Red Queen

Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

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Author: Matt Ridley

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0140167722

Category: Science

Page: 404

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Citing the Red Queen from "Through the Looking Glass, " who has to keep running to stay in the same place, Ridley demonstrates why sex is humanity's best strategy for outwitting its constantly mutating internal predators, and answers dozens of other riddles of human nature and culture.

The Evolution of Everything

How New Ideas Emerge

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Author: Matt Ridley

Publisher: Harper Perennial

ISBN: 9780062296016

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 368

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The New York Times bestselling author of The Rational Optimist and Genome returns with a fascinating argument for evolution that definitively dispels a dangerous, widespread myth: that we can command and control our world. Human society evolves. Change in technology, language, morality, and society is incremental, inexorable, gradual, and spontaneous. It follows a narrative, going from one stage to the next; it creeps rather than jumps; it has its own spontaneous momentum rather than being driven from outside; it has no goal or end in mind; and it largely happens by trial and error—a version of natural selection. Much of the human world is the result of human action but not of human design: it emerges from the interactions of millions, not from the plans of a few. Drawing on fascinating evidence from science, economics, history, politics, and philosophy, Matt Ridley demolishes conventional assumptions that the great events and trends of our day are dictated by those on high, whether in government, business, academia, or organized religion. On the contrary, our most important achievements develop from the bottom up. Just as skeins of geese form Vs in the sky without meaning to and ter-mites build mud cathedrals without architects, so brains take shape without brain-makers, learning happens without teaching, and morality changes for no reason other than the prevailing fashion. Although we neglect, defy, and ignore them, bottom-up trends shape the world. The Industrial Revolution, cell phones, the rise of Asia, and the Internet were never planned; they happened. Languages emerged and evolved by a form of natural selection, as did common law. Torture, racism, slavery, and pedophilia—all once widely regarded as acceptable—are now seen as immoral despite the decline of religion in recent decades. In this wide-ranging and erudite book, Ridley brilliantly makes the case for evolution, rather than design, as the force that has shaped much of our culture, our technology, our minds, and that even now is shaping our future. As compelling as it is controversial, as authoritative as it is ambitious, Ridley’s deeply thought-provoking book will change the way we think about the world and how it works.

Nature Via Nurture

Genes, Experience, and What Makes Us Human

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Author: Matt Ridley

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060006781

Category: Science

Page: 326

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Documents the 2001 discovery that there are fewer genes in a human genome than previously thought and considers the argument that nurture elements are also largely responsible for human behavior.

Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

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Author: Matt Ridley

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007381840

Category: Science

Page: 352

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The most important investigation of genetic science since The Selfish Gene, from the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling The Red Queen and The Origins of Virtue.

The Origins of Virtue

Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation

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Author: Matt Ridley

Publisher: Penguin Paperbacks

ISBN: 9780140264456

Category: Science

Page: 295

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Suggests a biological basis for the social organization and cooperation shown by the human race, and traces the evolution of society

The Evolutionary Biology of Human Female Sexuality

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Author: Randy Thornhill,Steven W. Gangestad

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195340981

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 411

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Research conducted over the last fifteen years has placed in question many of the traditional conclusions about the evolution of human female sexuality. Women have not lost estrus, as earlier researchers thought, but it is simply concealed, resulting in two functionally distinct sexualitieswith markedly different ends in each phase. At the fertile phase of the cycle, women prefer male traits that may mark superior genetic quality, and at infertile phases, they prefer men willing to invest resources in a mate. Thus, women's peri-ovulatory sexuality functions to obtain a sire ofsuperior genetic quality, and is homologous with estrus in other vertebrates. This model sheds light on male human sexuality as well: men perceive and respond to women's estrus, including by increased mate guarding. Men's response is limited, compared to other vertebrate males, implyingcoevolutionary history of selection on females to conceal estrus from men and selection on men to detect it. Research indicates that women's concealed estrus is an adaptation to copulate conditionally with men other than the pair-bond partner.Women's sexual ornaments-the estrogen-facilitatedfeatures of face and body-are honest signals of individual quality pertaining to future reproductive value.

The Evolution of Human Sexuality

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Author: Donald Symons

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199878471

Category: Psychology

Page: 368

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Anthropology, Sexual Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Gender and Cultural Studies

Sperm Wars

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Author: Robin Baker

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1509832262

Category: Science

Page: N.A

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Evolution has programmed men to conquer and monopolise women while women, without even knowing they are doing it, seek the best genetic input on offer from potential sexual partners. Here are the new dramatic facts of life: 10% of children are not fathered by their 'fathers', less than 1% off a man's sperm is capable of fertilising anything - the rest is there to fight off other men's sperm, 'smart' vaginal mucus encourages some sperm but blocks others, and a woman is far more likely to conceive through a casual fling than through sex with her regular partner. Baker employs his trademark formula of describing fictionalised scenes and then explaining the science behind the actions to demonstrate how our everyday behaviour fits into a pattern of evolution. 'Subtle and fascinating ...a provocative intellectual argument.' Washington Post

The Human Condition

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Author: Robert G. Bednarik

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781441993533

Category: Science

Page: 207

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This book summarizes the work of several decades, culminating in a revolutionary model of recent human evolution. It challenges current consensus views fundamentally, presenting in its support a mass of evidence, much of which has never been assembled before. This evidence derives primarily from archaeology, paleoanthropology, genetics, clinical psychology, neurosciences, linguistics and cognitive sciences. No even remotely similar thesis of recent human origins has ever been published, but some of the key elements of this book have been published by the author in major refereed journals in the last two years. Its implications are far-reaching and profoundly affect the way we perceive ourselves as a species. This book about what it means to be human is heavily referenced, with a bibliography of many hundreds of scientific entries.

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The Descent of Men

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Author: Steve Jones

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618139309

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 252

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Offers current biological research to explore the qualities of maleness, looking at the role of the all-important Y chromosome, as well as social, environmental, behavioral, and cultural factors.

The Selfish Gene

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Author: Richard Dawkins

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192860927

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 352

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An ethologist shows man to be a gene machine whose world is one of savage competition and deceit

A Natural History of Rape

Biological Bases of Sexual Coercion

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Author: Randy Thornhill,Craig T. Palmer

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262700832

Category: Medical

Page: 272

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A biologist and an anthropologist use evolutionary biology to explain the causes and inform the prevention of rape.

Eros and Evolution

A Natural Philosophy of Sex

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Author: Richard E. Michod

Publisher: Addison Wesley Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780201407549

Category: Evolution (Biology)

Page: 241

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This work explores one of life's great conundrums - why did sex evolve as a way species reproduce? Providing a mix of narrative and science, Richard Michod surveys this topic and presents his own thesis that explains why sex evolved.

Machiavelli, Leonardo, and the Science of Power

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Author: Roger D. Masters

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Pess

ISBN: 0268160112

Category: Philosophy

Page: 406

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In recent years, Niccolò Machiavelli's works have been viewed primarily with historical interest as analysis of the tactics used by immoral political officials. Roger D. Masters, a leading expert in the relationship between modern natural sciences and politics, argues boldly in this book that Machiavelli should be reconsidered as a major philosopher whose thought makes the wisdom of antiquity accessible to the modern (and post-modern) condition, and whose understanding of human nature is superior to that of Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, or Mill. Central to Masters's claim is his discovery, based on previously untranslated documents, that Machiavelli knew and worked with Leonardo da Vinci between 1502-1507. An interdisciplinary tour de force, Machiavelli, Leonardo, and the Science of Power will challenge, perplex, and ultimately delight readers with its evocative story of the relationship between Machiavelli and da Vinci, their crucial roles in the emergence of modernity, and the vast implications this holds for contemporary life and society.

Nature's Oracle

The Life and Work of W.D.Hamilton

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Author: Ullica Segerstrale,Ullica Christina Olofsdotter Segerstråle

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019860727X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 441

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W.D.Hamilton was responsible for one of the major revolutions in evolutionary thought since Darwin - that of the 'gene's eye view of life'. He was a scientific pioneer, a misunderstood genius: risk-taker, jungle explorer, and uncompromising truth-seeker. This illuminating and moving biography documents Hamilton's extraordinary life and science.

Sex, Evolution, and Behavior

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Author: Martin Daly,Margo Wilson

Publisher: Brooks/Cole Publishing Company

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 402

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This text provides an elementary level discussion of recent theory relating to the evolutionary and adaptive aspects of reproductive behaviour. The relation between ultimate and proximate levels of explanation is the major theme of the book. Two new chapters in this edition incorporate findings from recent research and there is also new material on humans, physiology, and development. Sex and reproductive behaviour are examined from an evolutionary comparative perspective and numerous empirical studies and examples are cited.

Mastering Your Hidden Self

A Guide to the Huna Way

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Author: Serge Kahili King

Publisher: Quest Books

ISBN: 0835630064

Category: Self-Help

Page: 191

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Huna philosophy is about learning to become a conscious cocreator with the Universe. Hawaiian shaman King uses Kahuna healing methods to help us access the hidden energy of life, develop powers of concentration, and make friends with the deepest aspect of our being. Learn how your Higher Self, or aumakua, is contacted in the dream dimension. Get in touch with the Mana, the hidden energy of life. Develop higher powers of concentration by utilizing the tikis, created images of sight, sound, and feeling in meditation. Become aware of your subconscious, an integral part of your being, which impatiently awaits communion with the ego.

The Nature of Value

How to Invest in the Adaptive Economy

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Author: Nick Gogerty

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231162448

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

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The Nature of Value presents a theory of how economic value functions and how it drives growth, starting with tiny sparks of innovation and scaling all the way up to the full scope of the economy. Nick GogertyÕs exploration of value borrows from a wide array of disciplines, including anthropology, psychology, physics, sociology, and ethics, but most of all, it examines how evolutionÕs processes can help investors understand the economy and how investors can use this new understanding to improve their allocation decisions. Starting with a look at how innovations can help firms succeed, Gogerty looks at the economic niches in which firms compete and explores how firms can create defensive ÒmoatsÓ to enhance their chances of survival. He shows allocators how to adjust their actions for best performance and returns and what to look for when assessing company management, supporting his arguments with extensive data and years of practitioner experience from scientific, social, and economic disciplines. Intuitive illustrations are used to illuminate central concepts and ideas. GogertyÕs practical takeaways, couched in vivid explanations, will help investors of all backgrounds gain fresh insight into market mechanics.