The Selfish Gene

The Selfish Gene

Book - 2006 | 30th anniversary ed
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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.
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford : 2006
Edition: 30th anniversary ed
ISBN: 9780199291151
0199291152
Branch Call Number: ANF 576.82 DAWK
Characteristics: xxiii, 360 pages ; 21 cm

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1aa
Mar 16, 2016

With crackling prose and a punchy attitude, this modern classic of popular science is never dull, always engages, and always gives little shoves to the mind of the reader (in an encouraging, sporty way). Makes a decent argument for changing the point of view when trying to understand creatures, whether individuals, or groups (briefly described at the end of this book, and taken up in his later 'Extended Phenotype').

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Aandrews19
Jul 29, 2014

This is a must-read for anyone interested in evolution or the big questions. Dawkins is writing for the public- you don't have to be a scientist to understand the text. His writing is surprisingly engaging as are the metaphors he uses to illustrate his arguments. Highly recommended. Now that I've finished the book I am going to turn it over and start again- I want to be able to discuss what I've learned.

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mack
Oct 20, 2013

Dear Buckwild -- The ignorant attempt to covince people that superstition is "truth." --- Um, excuse me, creationism is not science. It is veiled religion, pushed into the faces of the gullible by dishonest hucksters.
I am looking forward to learning from The Selfish Gene.

Yukiyasha Sep 24, 2013

To suggest a brilliant man like Dawkins feared a psuedo intellectual like Hovind is asinine, to say the least. Then to suggest that Dawkins is telling you a lie...please. Take your God loving ignorance back to the bronze age where it belongs.

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lukep0314
Oct 27, 2012

To all you seekers of truth. I have a suggestion. Read Richard Dawkins and then Christopher Hitchens. Following that, read Henry Morris, Kent Hovind and maybe Antony Flew. Try not to laugh or sneer. It's impolite. Then see if you can't easily tell the difference between science and mythology. I have never heard Dr. Dawkins or Mr. Hovind debate, but I very seriously doubt that Dr. Dawkins feared him in any way especially in light of the fact that Mr. Hovind has no scientific training or study of any kind and is currently serving a ten year prison sentence for financial crimes.

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Ron@Ottawa
Oct 15, 2012

Although 30 years old, the book is still very relevant and valid in its presentation of data on the evolution of live forms. At places the reading is fairly dry and technical, but if you have the interest, you will continue to plow through it. Dawkins is one of the fore-running scientists that support the evolution-based approach to the existence of all lives. He writes well and convincingly. We need more scientists like him who speak out and inform us of fact-based truth, as an alternative to ignorance-based religion of any form.

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rcburnet
Jun 24, 2012

Eye opener for any layperson. If you have any questions, confusion, or doubts about evolution, read this book for sure. If you like it, I highly recommend "The Greatest Show on Earth" by the same author.

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viki3004
Dec 06, 2011

My dad explains me this book every day and it's super interesting

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rentboy
Mar 07, 2011

A refreshingly accessible read that dispatches a lot of the myths around the theory of evolution. Allows for a better understanding of some important principles and theories in biology. I still don't like you Dawkins, but well done.

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johnsankey
Dec 06, 2010

a landmark in the development of evolutionary thought.

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