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 to rethink their beliefs about life.
In his internationally best-selling, 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.
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"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.)" (H. Allen Orr, Professor of Biology, University of Rochester, in The New York Review of Books)
The ideas mentioned in this book, despite being essential for the understanding of evolutionary biology, are scarcely mentioned in science media.
I liked the double - narrative idea. Thinking about it, a triple - narrative would start to become a distraction. I hope I see more double - narrative audiobooks in the future.
Richard has put many arguments for his ideas and these arguments are both pleasing and actually make sense.
An advice for listening to the book is to keep in mind the rules which are stated before the narrator starts to talk about examples, initial conditions and consequences.
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The idea of replicators is very amazing and I believe more people need know about it, especially the fact that replicators need not be genes, like memes.
Because the book is old, You'll hear Richard talking about methods in which people misunderstood the arguments in the book.
I thought I had a working understanding of genetics and it's affect on the world around us. Prof. Dawkins took me on a ride that opened my eyes not just to the effects but the beautiful simplicity of the systems that caused us to be.
As all of Dr Dawkins books are, this book is outstanding. It explains why genetics works as it does. Very clear.
Really makes you look at life in a totally different light. If you're thinking about getting this book, I highly recommend it, and the performance was really great as well.
Selfish gene theory explained for the novice
Dawkins covers all the end notes while Lalla Ward reads the main text. The difference works well in that it allows for Dawkin's interesting end notes without breaking the flow.
This is one of the best audiobooks I've owned. The book itself covers a complex topic well. The flow is maintained in the footnotes where Dawkins refers forward. So the classic is maintained in terms of exposition while you also get to hear how the theory was responded to and itself evolved over the decades.
If you are the sort of person who would consider this book then you will very likely be happy if you buy it.
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