The Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation

Matt Ridley

The Origins of Virtue argues that the human mind has evolved a special instinct for social exchange that enables us to reap the benefits of co-operation, ostracise those who break the social contract and avoid the trap of being ‘rational fools’. It traces the evolution of society first among genes, then among cells, then in […]

The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

Matt Ridley

In Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass”, Alice meets the Red Queen who runs everywhere but stays in the same place. This book champions a Red Queen theory for the evolution of sexual reproduction: that it was invented to keep changing the genetic locks so as to remain one step ahead of constantly mutating parasites. […]

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