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
But I did not like the writing style. - Goodreads
This is a wonderful, educational piece about genes. - Goodreads
Great overview of gene centered evolution. - Goodreads
Brilliant scientific writing and insights. - Goodreads
So natural selection chooses between genes, selfishly. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Andrew Olsen - Goodreads

To Understand Science The Selfish Gene is an interesting book that was revolutionary for it's time and now has updated content in support of the theory. He draws on many different ideas from ... Read full review

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User Review  - Keith Dickson - Goodreads

I had the audio book read in part by Dawkins. It included updated notes so it's like a second edition. Dawkins is a bit patronizing especially in some of the original text and disparaging to some of ... Read full review

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Contents

Why are people?
1
The replicators
12
Immortal coils
21
The gene machine
46
Aggression stability and the selfish machine
66
Genesmanship
88
Family planning
109
Batde of the generations
123
You scratch my back Ill ride on yours
166
Memes the new replicators
189
Nice guys finish first
202
The long reach of the gene
234
Endnotes
267
Updated bibliography
333
Index and key to bibliography
345
Copyright

Battle of the sexes
140

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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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