The Ant and the Peacock: Altruism and Sexual Selection from Darwin to Today
The "ant" and the "peacock" stand for two puzzles in Darwinism--altruism and sexual selection. How can natural selection favor those, such as the worker ant, that renounce tooth and claw in favor of the public-spirited ways of the commune? And how can "peacocks"--flamboyant, ornamental and apparently useless--be tolerated by the grimly economical Darwinian reaper? Helena Cronin has a deep understanding of today's answers to these riddles and their roots in the nineteenth century; the analysis is new and exciting and the explanations lucid and compelling.
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Review: The Ant and the Peacock: Altruism and Sexual Selection from Darwin to TodayUser Review - Merilee - Goodreads
I finally finished it, but I must admit I skimmed a lot of the 2nd half. It is very competently written, but has more depth and history about the origins of cooperation and sexual selection than I had the patience for. Read full review
Review: The Ant and the Peacock: Altruism and Sexual Selection from Darwin to TodayUser Review - Emily - Goodreads
So I have to admit I only read the first 2/3s of this book--the background and then the "peacock" part. I haven't returned it to the library yet because I hope to eventually read the "ant" part ... Read full review