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New review: Riddled with Life, by Marlene Zuk

My review of Riddled with Life, by Marlene Zuk, is now available. This is really a book about Darwinian medicine, with special reference to parasites. I particularly liked the author's emphasis on the fact that we are designed to be 'good enough' but not perfect. There is a widespread sentimenal idea, particularly in alternative medicine circles, that we 'ought' to be healthy all the time. But evolution is not primarily interested in our health or survival; natural selection is concerned with reproduction, not health.

Zuk also has some fascinating information on the possible ways in which parasites can influence our personality and behaviour. Perhaps we are in hock to our parasites as well as to our genes. There are plenty of ideas in this book.

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