The Selfish Gene

The Selfish Gene

Book - 1989
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Oxford University Press
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.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1989
Edition: New ed
ISBN: 9780199291151
0199291152
9780199291144
0199291144
9780192860927
0192860925
9780192177735
0192177737
Characteristics: xi, 352 p. : ill ; 22 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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