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)
This was just incredibly hard to get into. I had a very hard time staying with the subject and finally about three quarters of the way through I started skipping through sections because it seems so repetitive the way the different colonies of birds and other animals were described. It was so incredibly tedious that I found it very very very hard to give 3 stars. But I have to just because it's Richard Dawkins and it's a famous work and most people would probably disagree with me.
I am a biologist, this may have tainted my opinion, but I must say I am happy this fellow is calling himself an ethicist these days. Biologist have enough on their plates. Good information, with such a poor delivery, amazing. Now I understand the makeup of this author's followers.
A very well written and thought provoking book. I really liked the in-depth additions made to the audiobook.
There are basically two storylines
Lalla Ward- original story
Richard Dawkins - new additions, in-depth explanations, new research, new uses
If you just want to know about the actual content, the audio version will be very lengthy. The additions are longer than the original story itself, so this is a case of preference. Personally I liked the way Richard Dawkins is reasoning with the listener.
I definitely recommend this audiobook
i will make sure everyone i love read this book. the book is not well Witten, but it has som unique information and the thoughts behind this information is highly valuable. i hope someone will redo a movie about this subject!!
If there is one thing I admire in life, it's brilliant thinkers like Richard Dawkins. I feel sorry for anyone who doesn't read this.
Informative, life lessons, and required reading for life
The Story of the Human Body
I would give anything for another reader to read this book. I actually had to quit listening to it, b/c I couldn't stand the tone and accent in his voice. I realize this is the actual author, but sometimes things are better off to somebody else.
I'm a huge Dawkins fan and decided to give this book a shot. I love that a lot of his original theories stand up to science now. When new science presents itself, he acknowledges it in this edition.
Truly insightful. Dawkin's combinatoric approach to evolution was eye-opening. Unfortunately, one must endure his palpable arrogance to absorb the work.
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