The Selfish Gene

Dawkins, Richard

Book - 2006
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Selfish Gene
The million copy international bestseller, critically acclaimed and translated into over 25 languages. This 30th anniversary edition includes a new introduction from the author as well as the original prefaces and foreword, and extracts from early reviews. As relevant and influential today as when it was first published, The Selfish Gene has become a classic exposition of evolutionary thought. Professor Dawkins articulates a gene's eye view of evolution - a view giving centre stageto these persistent units of information, and in which organisms can be seen as vehicles for their replication. This imaginative, powerful, and stylistically brilliant work not only brought the insights of Neo-Darwinism to a wide audience, but galvanized the biology community, generating much debate and stimulating whole new areas of research.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006
Edition: 30th anniversary ed. with a new introduction
ISBN: 0199291152
Branch Call Number: 576.82 D271s 2006
Characteristics: xxiii, 360 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm


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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.

Nov 27, 2013

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.

Oct 20, 2013

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.

Sep 24, 2013

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.

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.

Aug 14, 2010
  • alexy93 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Standing ovation!
Selfish Gene Theory regards the visible organism (the cat, human, flower, amoeba or whatever) as the host. It is like a big lumbering robot whose purpose is to replicate the genes it carries in its cells. Are we entirely at the mercy of our genes?

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