The Selfish Gene

The Selfish Gene

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by Richard Dawkins
     
 

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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.

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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 revised edition of Dawkins' fascinating book contains two new chapters. One, entitled "Nice Guys Finish First," demonstrates how cooperation can evolve even in a basically selfish world. The other new chapter, entitled "The Long Reach of the Gene," which reflects the arguments presented in Dawkins' The Extended Phenotype, clarifies the startling view that genes may reach outside the bodies in which they dwell and manipulate other individuals and even the world at large. Containing a wealth of remarkable new insights into the biological world, the second edition once again drives home the fact that truth is stranger than fiction.

Editorial Reviews

In 1976, a little-known biologist named Richard Dawkins published a book called The Selfish Gene, which presented a stark (some said merciless) version of evolutionary theory. Dawkins's pithy writing style and mastery of telling detail combined to make the book one of the popular and controversial books on evolution ever written. This 30th anniversary version contains a new introduction and the two chapters that Dawkins added to the second edition.
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"A must-read for every student of the natural sciences. A classic....An excellent source for heated discussion..."—Paul Munro, University of Pittsburgh

"Students find The Selfish Gene helps them understanding evolution and behavior in ways they didn't before. The book is exciting, provocative, well-written and allows students to think in evolutionary terms."—Janet Mann, Georgetown University

"Well written with excellent examples, Dawkins presents a clear text of Behavior Genetics ideas."—Miriam R. Linver, University of Arizona

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199291144
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/2006
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
713,268
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Dawkins is Lecturer in Animal Behavior and Fellow of New College, Oxford. He is the author of The Blind Watchmaker.

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The Selfish Gene 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It can get complicatedat times, and fairly technical. But stick with it.the insights offered are incredible. This reqlly os alandmark, must-read book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deep ideas. Provoking!
loraxFL More than 1 year ago
Want a fresh look at evolution from different angle? View it from the point of view of a selfish gene. Simple but powerful explanations and analogies. We discussed this book in a book club and it stimulated some lively discussion, especially about the "selfish" part. Where does altruism come from? Selfishness?? Caveats: This is book written for those already interested in evolution or at least have open minds. Some of the science is already obsolete. Author calls aleles, genes. It was written 30 years. Not to be read for technical accuracy.
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