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“A white-fronted bee-eater in east Africa is found helping a bee-eater couple attend to the nestlings. Is this third-party helper evolutionarily favorable because the helper is actually working to conserve its own genetics (if related to the couple) or the genetics of the colony? How do such concepts as altruism, parenting, and social reciprocity fit into evolutionary development of a species, human or otherwise? Barash (psychology, Univ. of Washington at Seattle) discusses these concepts from the viewpoint of genes attempting to conserve themselves… A very readable discourse on the gene-centered view of life. Highly recommended for all levels of readers.”
—P. R. Douville, Choice
"Barash draws on a diverse array of scientific, medical, philosophical, and literature resources to review how genes may influence behavior...an entertaining, informative, and provocative resource."
—The Quarterly Review of Biology