The Selfish Gene
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Paperback - 352 pages (September
Oxford Univ Pr (Trade); ISBN: 0192860925 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.87 x 7.72 x 5.10
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.
Why are there miles and miles of "unused" DNA within each of our bodies? Why should a bee give up its own chance to reproduce to help raise her sisters and brothers? With a prophet's clarity, Dawkins told us the answers from the perspective of molecules competing for limited space and resources to produce more of their own kind. 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.
In this revised edition of his bestselling book _The Selfish Gene_, Richard Dawkins demonstrates how cooperation can evolve even in a basically selfish world.Contains two new chapters and a wealth of remarkable new insights into the biological world.