- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 3 edition (May 18, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199291144
- ISBN-13: 978-0199291144
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.1 x 5.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 803 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #737,935 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.
"Dawkins first book, The Selfish Gene, was a smash hit...Best of all, Dawkins laid out this biology-some of it truly subtle-in stunningly lucid prose. (It is, in my view, the best work of popular science ever written.)"--New York Review of Books
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I really did enjoy the book and love the way Dawkins tackles and challenges our mental map of existences and that of reality.
You would enjoy this book if your looking for the truth and not some folklore tales about our human existences.
Dawkins does not claim to have everything figured out but their arguments are very convincing... it's a must read!
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This is the 3rd time I read this book. Every time I come back reading it, I see something I didn't realize that it's there for a reason (from previous reading...Read more