The Genial Gene: Deconstructing Darwinian Selfishness / Edition 1

The Genial Gene: Deconstructing Darwinian Selfishness / Edition 1

by Joan Roughgarden
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520258266

ISBN-13: 9780520258266

Pub. Date: 04/20/2009

Publisher: University of California Press


Are selfishness and individuality—rather than kindness and cooperation—basic to biological nature? Does a "selfish gene" create universal sexual conflict? In The Genial Gene, Joan Roughgarden forcefully rejects these and other ideas that have come to dominate the study of animal evolution. Building on her brilliant and innovative book Evolution

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Are selfishness and individuality—rather than kindness and cooperation—basic to biological nature? Does a "selfish gene" create universal sexual conflict? In The Genial Gene, Joan Roughgarden forcefully rejects these and other ideas that have come to dominate the study of animal evolution. Building on her brilliant and innovative book Evolution's Rainbow, in which she challenged accepted wisdom about gender identity and sexual orientation, Roughgarden upends the notion of the selfish gene and the theory of sexual selection and develops a compelling and controversial alternative theory called social selection. This scientifically rigorous, model-based challenge to an important tenet of neo-Darwinian theory emphasizes cooperation, elucidates the factors that contribute to evolutionary success in a gene pool or animal social system, and vigorously demonstrates that to identify Darwinism with selfishness and individuality misrepresents the facts of life as we now know them.

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ISBN-13:
9780520258266
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/20/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
9.24(w) x 6.28(h) x 0.91(d)

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