An honest look at the roles of the sexes. . High status males thus prefer polygamy whereas females prefer monogamy. It is easy to read, follow and understand. Understanding what evolution is in a practical sense. I almost added it at the end though, because that was so brilliant.
This particuar publication is a mind blowing look at evolutionary biology from the origin and end game of sex in our cultural and genetic lives. 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. But Ridley does a commendable job of disclaiming any moral interpretation of the science. I kept on reading, nevertheless, hoping I'd find salvageable bits from this. Human beings are very keen on wit and humour come think of it, so am I and this has been sexually selected for. Secondo tale credo, agire secondo i propri egoistici interessi, in una perpetua lotta per la sopravvivenza individuale, porta come per magia benefici per tut- ti, generando il bene comune 16.
I find it hard to swallow that we are only biological animals who are dr This was one of those books that I bought because I was sucked in by the title and the cover. A well-written and well-researched book. Whenever any seemingly paradoxical and intuitively difficult phenomenon is observed in biology, we need to ask why and how it might have originated in evolution. Despite that lovely manipulation, I still didn't like it. Some topics may irk feminists. But what makes this book so wonderful is its central thesis: That human gender differences are biological, stemming from divergent interests in the way males and females in the animal world seek to reproduce.
Monogamy may be the result of the male majority competing for a slice of the sexual pie mmm. In the case of the human brain, the battle of I learned a lot from this book. A look at social statuses. Some topics are fairly logical. I'd let her read it, but I don't know why she would want to. The animations are developed from embryos using a Lindenmayer grammar L- System. 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.
Ridley is a gifted writer with a knack for making the difficult accesible. You can also see more Kindle MatchBook titles or look up all of your Kindle MatchBook titles. This is necessary to set the scene, but for the really juicy stuff, skip to the later chapters. Human intelligence, he suggests, is used primarily to attract mates through prodigious displays of wit, charm, inventiveness, and individuality. There are other implications of this book as well. After the first part apparently sets the stage for some descriptions related to human beings, I found myself unable to put the book down during second half. The thesis is that much of human intelligence is a result of a sex-selection arms race.
In summary, I wished I had read this book when it first came out in 1993. I have seen how the competitive, power-seeking behavior of men is drastically tempered by marriage. Pinker, whom Ridley cites a few times, surely does but there are more linguists in the world. The Power of Parasites, 4. The most obvious is that it destroys environmental explantions for male-female differences, and culturally constructed views of beauty. I found the red queen idea to be a an illuminating metaphor and I enjoyed Ridley's take on sexual selection, even if as a work specifically on evolutionary biology it didn't rise to the level of Richard Dawkins' The Extended Phenotype, which I consider to be one of the best books existing on the subject, but since I read it right next to books that seemed to recapitulate most of its insights in fewer pages I'm not sure I would recommend it above either. Moreover, sexual selection may create traits that seem to work against survivability.
Turns out parasites have a lot to do with this evolutionary device. The differences of mental features between the sexes. The Uses of Beauty, and 10. Ridley worked as the science editor of The Economist from 1984 to 1987 and was then its Washington correspondent from 1987 to 1989 and American editor from 1990 to 1992. Far from settling down to a fair and reasonable way of determining gender, nature has to face an infinite series of rebellions. Were they and their children killed by better versed women? Ridley makes good thorough use of a broad range of research findings in the area, discussing these with mainly even-handedness and a breadth of illustrative examples. Do you believe that this item violates a copyright? Well known journalist, scientist and educator; Matt Ridley, brings us a well-rounded science book that deals with many fascinating topics involving sexual evolution.
Ridley used to be science editor at The Economist, which leads me to believe adds to the conciseness and clarity in his writing. I might have rated this more highly if I hadn't just come off a spate of reading very similar and slightly better works that incorporate much of its content in pithier form Daniel Dennett's Darwin's Dangerous Idea and Steven Pinker's How the Mind Works, though those were both written afterwards , yet its central metaphor of sexual selection as arms race is compelling enough that I finished it alongside the superior Dennett and Pinker books anyway. I learned a lot from this book. In fact, it's akin to dry Kool-Aid. After reading this book, you will never look the same at a cheating spouse, a woman who had plastic surgery or a rich man.
If there is a trait which he states is characteristic of modern men, he simply says that it was obviously advantageous for males in the past. They prefer the quality of reproductive mates to the quantity of reproductive mates. It's an educational This was an interesting exploration of the reasons for sexual reproduction in many organisms, as well as then discussing the science with relation to human sexuality and sociology. This 416-page book is composed of the following ten chapters: 1. Fascinating exploration of why sex for reproduction exists, incorporating scientific findings from genetics, sociology, evolutionary development, psychology, and broad biology.