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.
A MUST READ
I found this audiobook to be compelling, well done, narrated beautifully by Dawkins and in my opinion, should be mandatory reading for ALL students in public high schools.
We are only vessels
When we realize that we are vessels for a massive creature like the DNA make my life a little more senseless... but in the end the universe is no meant to make us happy or even to make us happen... love this book
Endless forms most wonderful..
This explanation of The Fact of Evolution by Natural Selection(and artificial selection) is among the best in the world. Dawkins explains the intricacies of the idea which united the world of cause and effect with the world of biological diversity. He coined the term 'meme' in this book as a packet of cultural information which gets passed down from generation to generation just as a gene is passed through DNA to succeeding generations.
He explains in great detail the ideas and complexities of evolution in language anyone can understand.