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Matt Ridley

Datum narození: 7. únor 1958

Matt Ridley je britský zoolog.


„Kdybychom neměli emoce, byli by z nás racionální idioti.“

„A true scientist is bored by knowledge; it is the assault on ignorance that motivates him - the mysteries that previous discoveries have revealed.“ Genome: the Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters


„The fuel on which science runs is ignorance. Science is like a hungry furnace that must be fed logs from the forests of ignorance that surround us. In the process, the clearing we call knowledge expands, but the more it expands, the longer its perimeter and the more ignorance comes into view.“ Genome: the Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

„Life is a Sisyphean race, run ever faster toward a finish line that is merely the start of the next race“ The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

„The genome is a book that wrote itself, continually adding, deleting and amending over four billion years.“ Genome: the Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

„Simple determinism, whether of the genetic or environmental kind, is a depressing prospect for those with a fondness for free will.“ Genome: the Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

„Half the ideas in this book are probably wrong.“ The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

„Ecology, like genetics, is not about equilibrium states. It is about change, change and change. Nothing stays the same forever.“ Genome: the Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters


„Sex is not about reproduc-tion, gender is not about males and females, courtship is not aboutpersuasion, fashion is not about beauty, and love is not about affec-tion. Below the surface of every banality and cliche there lies irony, cynicism, and profundity.“ The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

„How much more generous it would be if, instead of writing parables about childhood wounds, psychologists were to accept that some differences between the sexes just are, that they are in the nature of the beasts, because each sex has an evolved tendency to develop that way in response to experience.“ The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

„In a massive, long-term study of 17,000 civil servants, an almost unbelievable conclusion emerged: the status of a person's job was more likely to predict their likelihood of a heart attack than obesity, smoking or high blood pressure.“ Genome: the Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

„The genome that we decipher in this generation is but a snapshot of an ever-changing document. There is no definitive edition.“ Genome: the Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters


„The body is merely an evolutionary vehicle for the gene“ The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

„Because it is a monopoly, government brings inefficiency and stagnation to most things it runs; government agencies pursue the inflation of their budgets rather than the service of their customers; pressure groups form an unholy alliance with agencies to extract more money from taxpayers for their members. Yet despite all this, most clever people still call for government to run more things and assume that if it did so, it would somehow be more perfect, more selfless, next time.“ The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves

„There is no nature that exists devoid of nurture; there is no nurture that develops without nature. To say otherwise is like saying that the area of a field is determined by its length but not its width. Every behavior is the product of an instinct trained by experience.

The study of human beings remained resolutely unreformed by these ideas until a few years ago. Even now, most anthropologists and social scientists are firmly committed to the view that evolution has nothing to tell them. Human bodies are products of "culture," and human culture does not reflect human nature, but the reverse. This restricts social scientists to investigation only differences between cultures and between individuals--and to exaggerating them. Yet what is most interesting to me about human beings is the things that are the same, not what is different--things like grammatical language, hierarchy, romantic love, sexual jealousy, long-term bongs between the genders ("marriage", in a sense). These are trainable instincts peculiar to out species and are just as surely the products of evolution as eyes and thumbs.“
The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

„Genes are biochemical recipes written in a four-letter alphabet called DNA.“ The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

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