- Series: Popular Science
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (October 25, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0192860925
- ISBN-13: 978-0192860927
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.8 x 5.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (769 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Inheriting the mantle of revolutionary biologist from Darwin, Watson, and Crick, Richard Dawkins forced an enormous change in the way we see ourselves and the world with the publication of The Selfish Gene. Suppose, instead of thinking about organisms using genes to reproduce themselves, as we had since Mendel's work was rediscovered, we turn it around and imagine that "our" genes build and maintain us in order to make more genes. That simple reversal seems to answer many puzzlers which had stumped scientists for years, and we haven't thought of evolution in the same way since.
Why are there miles and miles of "unused" DNA within each of our bodies? Why should a bee give up its own chance to reproduce to help raise her sisters and brothers? With a prophet's clarity, Dawkins told us the answers from the perspective of molecules competing for limited space and resources to produce more of their own kind. Drawing fascinating examples from every field of biology, he paved the way for a serious re-evaluation of evolution. He also introduced the concept of self-reproducing ideas, or memes, which (seemingly) use humans exclusively for their propagation. If we are puppets, he says, at least we can try to understand our strings. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"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
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In each chapter he focuses on a subject to help us better understand what he is trying to tell us about our genetic tendencies, but he does this in a way that is a little unusual. Many of the chapter’s focuses are on things that are unrelated to the specific topic of the book. While there are things that are related, like how DNA is formed, to more unrelated ones like what cases certain sexual partners are attracted to one another. This works pretty well and helps to bring his point across. All in all, the book left me feeling better educated on a range of topics addressed in the book, as well as in the selfishness of our genes.
Although, I am definitely a layman, from a scholars mindset, I was able to follow the concepts being laid out in the book, for the most part, and found it amazing that in essence "we" are merely vehicles evolved out of the primordial gene pool, around our genes to protect them, in order for them to continue "replicating".
I am sure as science continues to learn more and more about genes and DNA we may see further tweaks, but for the most part, Richard Dawkins theories have stood the test of time (or at least the past 30 years, during which more research has been done around these topics).
Dawkins does not claim to have everything figured out but their arguments are very convincing... it's a must read!