I doubt that anyone reading bitesize bio has never heard of richard dawkins. This behindthescenes account of its publication recounts the story as seen through the eyes of the book s commissioning editor, from the initial ex. Richard dawkins signed this book at the cheltenham festival in 2019. The selfish gene theory could explain the tendency of women not only to marry up, but to completely disregard the bottom 45 of men as potential suitors as the pareto principle suggests and eyewitness evidence in any club in america will illustrate. The selfish gene charles simonyi professor of the public. Williamss first book adaptation and natural selection. Hes always been controversial in one way or another, ever since the release of arguably his most popular book, the selfish gene. The gene is a unit of hereditary information that exists in many physical copies in the world, and which particular physical copy will be replicated and originate new copies does not matter from the gene s point of view. The commemorative anniversary edition of this landmark work which powerfully encapsulates a new way of looking at living things a gene s eye view. In his internationally bestselling, now classic volume, the selfish gene, dawkins explains how the selfish gene can also be a subtle gene. In the end, it was michael rodgers of oxford university press who enthusiastically published the selfish gene, after demanding i must have that book. There are 4 prefaces covering the different editions over the years and 70 odd pages of end notes, covering the latest thinking and giving dawkins a reply to his critics. You will find yourself reading this book from both ends. Some of the material under the header reception is not directed carefully at the book, and appears more to be an exposition of alternative approaches.
The gene is endowed with sentience to make the idear clear, which explains the book s title. Dawkins uses the term selfish gene as a way of expressing the gene centred view of evolution as opposed to the views focused on the organism and the group, popularising ideas developed during the. Its no wonder this book is still relevant after three decades. Does the selfish gene theory explain womens behavior. The selfish gene tsg by richard dawkins is one of these rare books. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. Richard dawkins seminal book, the selfish gene, immediately sends your brain spinning. Free the selfish gene by richard dawkins acquire touch portable kickass phone without registering.
In the tradition of bertrand russells why i am not a christian and sam harriss recent bestseller the end of faith, christopher hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. The book raises curious possibilities and inspired me to write the story below. Dawkins coined the term selfish gene as a way of expressing the gene centred view of evolution, which holds that evolution is best viewed as acting on genes and. Completely retypeset, to make the book even more attractive to read. In july 2017 a poll to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the royal society science book prize listed the selfish gene as the most influential science book of all time. Reflections on the dangerous delusions of richard dawkins.
Even before reading the selfish gene, ive felt that all action is at root selfish, so i didnt find it hard to understand what was discussed in the very first chapter. It is in the gene s best interest, for example, to see to it that the genes of near relatives get a better chance to survive, because this increases the chances of the selfish gene s identical replica also surviving. And they have not found a way to displace a meme so powerful as the selfish gene. Charles darwins on the origin of species 1859 was one.
Dawkins uses the term selfish gene as a way of expressing the gene centred view of evolution. He implies that through our understanding of evolution, we can. Selfish genes and genecentered evolution bitesize bio. The gene seye view was a synthesis of the population genetic models of the modern synthesis, in particular the work of ra fisher, and the social evolution models of w. Man has always wondered about the universe that surrounds him. Having read the book, i am convinced inasmuch as a layperson can be convinced that group selection comes up with incorrect predictions about evolution, so is a fallacious.
On selfish genes and human behaviour scientific american. The view was popularized by george williamss adaptation and natural selection and richard dawkinss best seller the selfish gene. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading the selfish gene. Ive now finished my 2nd and started my 3rd dawkins book but the selfish gene is the best. If you draw a picture of a bird, the lifespan of the picture is only as long as the lifespan of the paper it is drawn on. Even if youve slept all the way through biology class in high school, this book can catch you up on at least 70% of whats important within a few hours. The selfish gene tops royal society poll to reveal the. This meme, methinks, forms the true bone of contention and the true obstacle to progress. Since ive personally finished the book, ill just talk about the material in the first chapters. The selfish ape is a book about human biology, the intertwined characteristics of our greatness and failure, and the way that we have plundered the biosphere. Contains two new chapters and a wealth of new insights into the biological world. 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.
The story of the selfish gene the selfish gene by richard dawkins, published in 1976, famously became a bestseller and is still selling more than 40 years later. A few popular science books rise above the genre and become popstars of the book world bestsellers. The selfish gene is a 1976 book on evolution by the biologist richard dawkins, in which the author builds upon the principal theory of george c. Published in 1976, tsg is not only still in print, but according to the a long, chronologically uninterrupted trail of stamps on the card inside of the. Therefore, the gene pool can be seen as an evolutionary stable set of genes. Having read the first edition 40 years ago, this reread was somewhat nostalgic and a reminder of how controversial the original was. River out of eden by richard dawkins, 9781780226897, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide. The selfish gene richard dawkins oxford university press. Selfishness then, is very useful in describing replicator behavior, but not necessarily an individuals behavior. This 78page guide for the selfish gene by richard dawkins includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering chapters, as well as several more indepth sections of expertwritten literary analysis.
You can buy richards book the selfish gene on amazon dawkins explains how the genes that are around today in us and every other living organism. Its vivid rendering of a gene s eye view of life, in lucid prose, gathered together the strands of thought about the nature of natural selection into a conceptual framework with farreaching implications for our understanding of evolution. The first sentence is, intelligent life on a planet comes of age when it first works out the reason for its existence 1. So overwhelming is the appearance of purposeful design that, even in this darwinian era when we know better, we still find it difficult, indeed.
Written in a highly accessible style, it is a perfect read for those interested in science, human history, sociology, and the environment. My article the dangerous delusions of richard dawkins, which appeared on alternet recently, has stirred up a veritable hornets nest of controversy. The author begins by suggesting that intelligent, thinking animals must ask questions about its. There is a ton of great information in the selfish gene. The selfish gene by richard dawkins, 9780198788607, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide.
Anything which can successfully and reliably make copies of itself is something that will continue to exist. According to the introduction to this book, the selfish gene changes the way that many scientists look at the process of natural selection. Theres a good reason i imagine why the selfish gene was jeffrey skillings favourite book. Even fewer among them change public discourse and, finally, culture. A freshman, prevet major at colorado state university, i found myself in bernard rollins honours biology course. In 1976, the selfish gene became the first real blockbuster popular science book, a poetic mark in the sand to the public and scientists alike. Richard dawkins the selfish gene explained youtube. The author begins by suggesting that intelligent, thinking animals must ask questions about its origins, and that darwin has supplied excellent answers. What is meant by richard dawkins term the selfish gene. In the selfish gene, dawkins makes the argument that a better view of evolution i. Replicators compete directly for space within an individual, and only consequently for existence in the gene or meme pool.
The selfish gene simple english wikipedia, the free. Genes are not literally selfish any more than rocks are. The selfish gene tops royal society poll to reveal the nations most inspiring science books 19 july 2017 richard dawkins 1976 book, the selfish gene, has topped a public poll of the most inspiring science books of all time, commissioned by the royal society to mark the 30th year of the prestigious royal society science book prize. Adaptation and natural selection, and helped popularize w. Replicators and vehicles by richard dawkins he theory of natural selection provides a mechanistic, causal account of how living things came to look as if they had been designed for a purpose. I find the selfish gene thought provoking and stimulating. Yes, this article is about the book the selfish gene and it quite properly contains material about the book s reception, which includes remarks about how many copies sold.
I was an 18yearold creationist when i first read the selfish gene by richard dawkins. The selfish gene by dawkins, richard, 1941print book. Hamiltons work dawkins used the term selfish gene as a way of expressing the gene centred view of evolution. Its one of the odd beauties of this whole mess that dawkins himself coined the term meme, and did so in the selfish gene. The selfish gene was a metaphor used by dawkins to explain gene based evolution. 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. Selfish gene by richard dawkins, first edition abebooks. Supersummary, a modern alternative to sparknotes and cliffsnotes, offers highquality study guides for challenging works of literature.1247 712 55 78 1471 1523 686 1031 1536 1473 369 736 158 449 905 1624 618 412 1290 1251 1012 2 268 739 265 440 1031 297 548 625 1315 248 205 579 547 907 673 1257 317 1293 127