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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
Rating:****
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The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins (1976)

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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A little over my head, and a little out-of-date.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 |
Perhaps not as layman friendly, but it will help give you an understanding of genetics and game theory. Most notably, perhaps, it's this book that gives us the word "meme". Such wonderful coinage, and heavily used in the age of the internet. ( )
  Michael_Rose | Jan 10, 2016 |
Richard Dawkins does a great job of explaining the scientific reasons to believe in evolution. But he is the most arrogant biologist I have ever found. In this book Dawkins is arrogant and naive enough to posit that if an alien race arrived at earth the first question they would ask is whether humans have discovered evolution. When he said that I wasn't sure whether someone so biased towards their own subject could present a fair account of it. After reading the book I would say that he absolutely could not present evolution in a fair manner, but that's mostly ok. The only real problem that I had with Dawkin's presentation of the material is that at times Dawkins would delve into possible explanations for apparent contradictions with evolution and observed phenomena by making up some wild story that could explain the data if it were true. But we don't know if the story he made up is what actually happened. Often times when he does this he says that research should be done in the area to see if his wild story is correct. That's fine if you take it for what it is, as wild story that explains the data. But it is not an actual explanation of the data.

Overall though the book is well written, interesting, and even entertaining. It also must be admitted that evolution is The theory of biology. It is what all modern biology is based on and it works really well to explain the data. When Dawkins complains about creationism he is somewhat justified because no serious biologist should or does preach creationism in a classroom, it is not a scientific theory. Nevertheless in Dawkins' mind there is no room for any other God other than evolution. To Dawkins the only creator is evolution and evolution is a jealous creator that accepts nothing before or even after it. Which is fine for a biologist, but not something that admirable in a person. ( )
  JaredChristopherson | Nov 16, 2015 |
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Un saggio scientifico incentrato sulla stupefacente verità che si rivela a chi si interroga sull'universo, l'immortalità e il posto dell'uomo nell'universo. Noi siamo macchine da sopravvivenza, robot semoventi programmati ciecamente per conservare quelle molecole egoiste note col nome di geni. Un libro pensato per stimolare con ironia l'immaginazione del lettore - dello studente come dell'esperto e critico severo, o del profano - che riesce a semplificare e rendere comprensibili sottili e complicati concetti scientifici in un linguaggio non matematico, senza che ne vada perduta la sorprendente essenza.
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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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