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)
I had hoped to hear an interesting explanation of Dawkins' thesis that evolution is the result of the selfish gene, but instead got about got an equal amount of his political views and the beginnings of what appeared to be a condemnation of anyone who disagreed with him. I have better ways to spend my time and removed the book from my player.
He could have stuck to his subject, an interesting one
It may have, but I couldn't get that far.
Read by the author and a lady which narration is perfect for this book, seminal work
Excellent book for the casual nerd to the university student.
I like that Dawkins came in and added updated content in 2011.
Prepare to expand your understanding of everything, ever, at a blistering speed...this is the one, absolutely crucial book for any creature with the capacity to understand language to indulge in. So far, that means you...
I learned all about the ways game theory is used to arrive at a comprehensive theory of the immortal replicator! For those who live to learn, this is a great audio book!
The Selfish Gene was a highly accessible and fascinating introduction to genetics. Each concept was explained concisely and simply enough that people with little prior experience on the subject (i.e. myself) could understand it, but did so without ever giving the impression that the subject matter was being dumbed-down.
I would strongly recommend reading the unabridged version. Dawkin's footnotes were probably the best part of the book. They brought the text up to date, elaborated on subjects, and gave interesting anecdotes and back stories--all in a conversational tone that made the book far more engaging. In fact, the reason I gave the book four out of five stars is that I would have preferred if the whole book were done in the style of the footnotes; I thought the narration and writing style in these sections was much better than the rest of the text.
This is a great book for anyone interested in being introduced to the subject of genetics.
Growing up I didn't have the opportunity to go to university to pursue and study science. To make up for this I love reading about science, and in particular science authors such as Dawkins. Books on science can end up too full of insider speak and their message is lost on laymen such as myself. They can also go the other way, too simplistic to properly educate the reader.
Dawkins has done an excellent job of discussing the selfish gene and it's impact on evolution. It was the kind of book you don’t want to put down. I followed his arguments through out and understood the nuances he was conveying. I never felt that Dawkins was talking down to me on high, but instead walking me through his understanding of evolution and how DNA behaves.
Because of this I came away with a better understanding of what genes seem to be doing and their role in evolution. We in the general public are given the idea that genes are blueprints and they determine if our eyes are blue or we get cancer. This book enlightened me to a more complex view of DNA and its relationship to us, the biological container.
I also enjoyed the dual narration. This version is an updated one and Dawkins interjects with many updates during the reading. It was like hearing a presentation by two good presenters who knew when to interject into each others conversation.
Thank you Mr Dawkins.
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