The Selfish Gene

Dawkins, Richard (Book - 2006 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Selfish Gene

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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 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.
Authors: Dawkins, Richard, 1941-
Title: The selfish gene
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006
Edition: 30th anniversary ed. with a new introduction
Characteristics: xxiii, 360 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Richard Dawkins
Notes: Previous ed.: 1989
ISBN: 0199291152
Branch Call Number: 576.82 D271s 2006
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [333]-343) and index
Subject Headings: Evolution (Biology) Natural selection
Topical Term: Evolution (Biology)
Natural selection
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Jul 29, 2014
  • Aandrews19 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Oct 17, 2012
  • johnsankey rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

a landmark in the development of evolutionary thought.

Oct 15, 2012
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Aug 12, 2012
  • Reeltime rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a very interetsing book for what could be a very dry topic - for anyone with a passing interest in science and particulalry the role of genes in biological reproduction it provides very clear description of how "it"works. The explanations from nature are fascscinating. You do not need to be a Dawkins fan or acolyte or even agree with him - but you do need some interst in biology

Jun 24, 2012
  • rburnet94 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Dec 06, 2011
  • viki3004 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

My dad explains me this book every day and it's super interesting

Mar 07, 2011
  • rentboy rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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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