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by Richard Dawkins

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Title:The Selfish Gene: 30th Anniversary Edition--with a new Introduction by the Author
Authors:Richard Dawkins
Info:Oxford University Press, USA (2006), Edition: 30th Anniversary, Paperback, 384 pages
Collections:Your library, Changed my thinking

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The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins (1976)


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Perhaps I'm simple more fond of Dawkins' later works, but I found this one to be tedious to read and the analogies used to be both clunky and repetitive. There was some interesting thoughts hidden in there, but many of them were expressed in greater clarity and enjoyment in books written more recently. ( )
  CzarGarrett | Oct 29, 2016 |
დარვინმა მიაგნო ევოლუციის მექანიზმს. ბუნებრივ გადა​რჩევას, მაგრამ დარვინის შემდეგ დიდ ხანს დარჩა ამოუ​ხსნელი, რის გადარჩევას მიმართავს ბუნება? რის სასარ​გებლოდ ირჩევს? ეს არის სახეობა? ჯგუფი? თუ ინდივიდი​? ამ მოსაზერებებს შორის დიდ ხანს იყო ჭიდილი. ამ წი​გნით დოკინსი ამბობს რომ მთავარი გმირი არის გენი. თ​ითქმის უკვდავი რეპლიკატორი. სწორედ ისინი ისწრაფვია​ნ შექმნან საკუთარი თავის რაც შეიძლება მეტი ასლი. ს​წორედ მათ შორის მიმდინარეობს გადარჩევა. ორგანიზმებ​ი კი მათი რობოტები, დამცავი ციხესიმაგრეებია. ისინი​ არიან პროგრამისტები, რომლებმაც დაგვაპროგრამეს, სწ​ორედ მათი პოზიციიდან აიხსნება ბევრი მოქმედება, ინს​ტიქტი, სწრაფვა. თუმცა, ჩვენ ადამიანები, მათზე ჭკვი​ანები გავხდით და შეგვიძლია ავუჯანყდეთ მათ დიქტატურ​
(თუმცა ჩვენ და ჩვენი გენები რამ გაგვყო. უმეტესწილა​დ საერთო ინტერესები გვამოძრავებს :​D)
რიჩარდ დოკინსს აქვს არაჩვეულებრივი უნარი - მკითხვე​ლამდე მარტივად და გასაგებად მიიტანოს ჩახლართული მე​ცნიერული საკითხები. მოძებნოს შესაბამისი, საინტერეს​ო, მარტივი და სახალისო მეტაფორები.​
საინტერესოა სექსუალური, ოჯახური, სოციალური ურთიერთ​ობები, გენების პოზიციიდან, რატომ არსებობს ალტრუიზმ​ი თუ გენები ეგოისტები არიან და ეს ეგოისტი გენები ა​პროგრამებენ ეგოისტ ინდივიდებს? რა საერთო აქვს კულტ​ურულ ევოლუციას გენებთან? ამ კითხვებზე პასუხისთვის ​მიმართეთ "ეგოისტ გენს"​ ( )
  Misha.Kaulashvili | Aug 22, 2016 |
A great book, lucid but complex, readable but not over-simplified.

Darwkins manages to convey in clear language how life came about, evolved, and explains how it is life evolved in the way it did. He is humble in his proposal of theories, in awe of nature, and manages to write a book that is half metaphor, half gene, and entirely understandable for someone who at the start of reading the book didn't know the difference between a gene and a chromosome.

  bartt95 | Jun 22, 2016 |
A little over my head, and a little out-of-date. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
One of the most important biology books of all time. Influenced my thinking greatly. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
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Richard Dawkins' brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific community as within it. His theories have helped change the whole nature of the study of social biology, and have forced thousands of readers to rethink their beliefs about life.
In his internationally bestselling, now classic volume, The Selfish Gene, Dawkins explains how the selfish gene can also be a subtle gene. The world of the selfish gene revolves around savage competition, ruthless exploitation, and deceit, and yet, Dawkins argues, acts of apparent altruism do exist in nature. Bees, for example, will commit suicide when they sting to protect the hive, and birds will risk their lives to warn the flock of an approaching hawk.
This 30th anniversary edition of Dawkins' fascinating book retains all original material, including the two enlightening chapters added in the second edition. In a new Introduction the author presents his thoughts thirty years after the publication of his first and most famous book, while the inclusion of the two-page original Foreword by brilliant American scientist Robert Trivers shows the enthusiastic reaction of the scientific community at that time. This edition is a celebration of a remarkable exposition of evolutionary thought, a work that has been widely hailed for its stylistic brilliance and deep scientific insights, and that continues to stimulate whole new areas of research today.

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"The Selfish Gene is remarkable in several ways. First published in 1976, aimed at a general audience and written by a then little-known young lecturer in zoology at Oxford University, The Selfish Gene rapidly became highly influential. The important biological work of such figures as W. D. Hamilton and Robert Trivers was introduced to a wider public for the first time. But that was not all. Drawing together the threads of contemporary research in Neo-Darwinism into a powerful vision of the living world viewed through the eyes of genes as the units of selection, it was a significant contribution to biological thought. The full explanatory power of the gene's eye view was presented, in fine non-technical prose, for the first time in one short volume, bringing novel insights to those working in the field and inspiring whole new areas of research. Yet even that is not all. It has been widely acclaimed too for its literary qualities. Here is a book that set a new standard in science writing for the wider public, a modern masterpiece that fresh generations of aspiring young scientists would seek to emulate."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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