The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene

The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene

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by Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett
     
 

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People commonly view evolution as a process of competition between individuals—known as "survival of the fittest"—with the individual representing the "unit of selection." Richard Dawkins offers a controversial reinterpretation of that idea in The Extended Phenotype, now being reissued to coincide with the publication of the second

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People commonly view evolution as a process of competition between individuals—known as "survival of the fittest"—with the individual representing the "unit of selection." Richard Dawkins offers a controversial reinterpretation of that idea in The Extended Phenotype, now being reissued to coincide with the publication of the second edition of his highly-acclaimed The Selfish Gene. He proposes that we look at evolution as a battle between genes instead of between whole organisms. We can then view Nanges in phenotypes—the end products of genes, like eye color or leaf shape, which are usually considered to increase the fitness of an individual—as serving the evolutionary interests of genes.
Dawkins makes a convincing case that considering one's body, personality, and environment as a field of combat in a kind of "arms race" between genes fighting to express themselves on a strand of DNA can clarify and extend the idea of survival of the fittest. This influential and controversial book illuminates the complex world of genetics in an engaging, lively manner.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192880512
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
08/05/1999
Series:
Popular Science Series
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
358,593
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Dawkins is the first holder of Oxford's newly endowed Charles Simonyi Professorship of Public Understanding of Science. Born in Nairobi of British parents, Richard Dawkins was educated at Oxford and did his doctorate under the Nobel-prizewinning ethologist Niko Tinbergen. From 196769 he was an Assistant Professor at the University of California at Berkeley, then he returned to Oxford as University Lecturer (later Reader) and a Fellow of New College, before taking up his present position in 1995.

Richard Dawkins's bestselling books have played a significant role in the renaissance of science book publishing for a general audience. The Selfish Gene (1976; second edition 1989) was followed by The Extended Phenotype (1982), The Blind Watchmaker (1986), River Out of Eden (1995), Climbing Mount Improbable (1996), and Unweaving the Rainbow (1998). He has won many literary and scientific awards.

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The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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This excellent book assumes a more advanced knowledge of biology than his other books so do not expect an easy read if you are a general reader. But for those with the necessary background this book is well worth the time to study carefully.
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