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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 si...

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. 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.

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Number of Pages: 360

ISBN: 0199291152

ISBN-13: 9780199291151


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The Selfish Gene influenced my books—so House: "Listen, I saved his life. That means I get credit for every life he saves from here on out."

From the moment of its publication 40 years ago, it has been a sparkling best-seller and a scientific game-changer.

Great book! I enjoyed the heuristic about thinking about things from the perspective of our genes.

Bitcoin as artificial life? Can we talk about “The Selfish Blockchain”? Will bitcoin and other blockchain applications inexorably co-opt human and computing resources and live symbiotically with us and our machines, independent of any question of human utility?

Who should read this book? Everyone interested in the universe and their place in it.

This book should be read, can be read, by almost everyone. It describes with great skill a new face of the theory of evolution.