The Selfish Gene

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Oxford University Press, 1989 - Literary Criticism - 352 pages
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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 revised edition of Dawkins' fascinating book contains two new chapters. One, entitled "Nice Guys Finish First," demonstrates how cooperation can evolve even in a basically selfish world. The other new chapter, entitled "The Long Reach of the Gene," which reflects the arguments presented in Dawkins' The Extended Phenotype, clarifies the startling view that genes may reach outside the bodies in which they dwell and manipulate other individuals and even the world at large. Containing a wealth of remarkable new insights into the biological world, the second edition once again drives home the fact that truth is stranger than fiction.

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As usual Dawkins' prose is clear and very easy to read. - Goodreads
Brilliant scientific writing and insights. - Goodreads
Great overview of gene centered evolution. - Goodreads
A fascinating book from an always engaging writer. - Goodreads
Still, definitely educational and very interesting. - Goodreads
So natural selection chooses between genes, selfishly. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Antony Mayfield - Goodreads

A thrilling popular science classic. Repays reading and re-reading, first by embedding the threshold concept of the gene's-eye-view of evolution, second with connected ideas like cultural memes, and ... Read full review

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User Review  - John Robertson - Goodreads

Fantastic book, accessible, well written, everyone should read this, gives great insights into what is life, how "we" fit, and how we're not so different from other lifeforms. Read full review

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Why are people?
The replicators
Immortal coils
The gene machine
Aggression stability and the selfish machine
Family planning
Batde of the generations
You scratch my back Ill ride on yours
Memes the new replicators
Nice guys finish first
The long reach of the gene
Updated bibliography
Index and key to bibliography

Battle of the sexes

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About the author (1989)

Richard Dawkins is Reader in Zoology and Fellow of New College at the University of Oxford. His books include The Blind Watchmaker and he Extended Phenotype (OPB, 1989).

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