The Selfish Gene Book
Score: 4.5
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The Selfish Gene


  • Author : Richard Dawkins
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release Date : 1989
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 372
  • ISBN 10 : 0192860925

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The Selfish Gene Excerpt :

An ethologist shows man to be a gene machine whose world is one of savage competition and deceit

The Selfish Gene Book
Score: 4
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The Selfish Gene


  • Author : Richard Dawkins
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-05-26
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 544
  • ISBN 10 : 9780191093067

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The Selfish Gene Excerpt :

The million copy international bestseller, critically acclaimed and translated into over 25 languages. As influential today as when it was first published, The Selfish Gene has become a classic exposition of evolutionary thought. Professor Dawkins articulates a gene's eye view of evolution - a view giving centre stage to these persistent units of information, and in which organisms can be seen as vehicles for their replication. This imaginative, powerful, and stylistically brilliant work not only brought the insights of Neo-Darwinism to a wide audience, but galvanized the biology community, generating much debate and stimulating whole new areas of research. Forty years later, its insights remain as relevant today as on the day it was published. This 40th anniversary edition includes a new epilogue from the author discussing the continuing relevance of these ideas in evolutionary biology today, as well as the original prefaces and foreword, and extracts from early reviews. Oxford Landmark Science books are 'must-read' classics of modern science writing which have crystallized big ideas, and shaped the way we think.

The Society of Genes Book

The Society of Genes


  • Author : Itai Yanai
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-01-11
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 295
  • ISBN 10 : 9780674425026

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The Society of Genes Excerpt :

Since Dawkins popularized the notion of the selfish gene, the question of how these selfish genes work together to construct an organism remained a mystery. Now, standing atop a wealth of new research, Itai Yanai and Martin Lercher—pioneers in the field of systems biology—provide a vision of how genes cooperate and compete in the struggle for life.

An Analysis of Richard Dawkins s The Selfish Gene Book

An Analysis of Richard Dawkins s The Selfish Gene


  • Author : Nicola Davis
  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • Release Date : 2017-07-06
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 81
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351351621

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An Analysis of Richard Dawkins s The Selfish Gene Excerpt :

Richard Dawkins provides excellent examples of his reasoning and interpretation skills in The Selfish Gene. His 1976 book is not a work of original research, but instead a careful explanation of evolution, combined with an argument for a particular interpretation of several aspects of evolution. Since Dawkins is building on other researchers’ work and writing for a general audience, the central elements of good reasoning are vital to his book: producing a clear argument and presenting a persuasive case; organising an argument and supporting its conclusions. In doing this, Dawkins also employs the crucial skill of interpretation: understanding what evidence means; clarifying terms; questioning definitions; giving clear definitions on which to build arguments. The strength of his reasoning and interpretative skills played a key part in the widespread acceptance of his argument for a gene-centred interpretation of natural selection and evolution – and in its history as a bestselling classic of science writing.

The 100 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time Book

The 100 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time


  • Author : Robert McCrum
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2018
  • Genre: Best books
  • Pages : 287
  • ISBN 10 : 1903385830

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The 100 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time Excerpt :

100 Best Non Fiction Books has its origins in the recent 2 year-long Observer serial which every week featured a work of non fiction). It is also a companion volume to McCrum's very successful 100 Best Novels published by Galileo in 2015. The list of books starts in 1611 with the King James Bible and ends in 2014 with Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction. And in between, on this extraordinary voyage through the written treasures of our culture we meet Pepys' Diaries, Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species, Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time and a whole host of additional works.

Genes in Conflict Book

Genes in Conflict


  • Author : Austin BURT
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 2009-06-30
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 612
  • ISBN 10 : 9780674029118

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Genes in Conflict Excerpt :

Covering all species from yeast to humans, this is the first book to tell the story of selfish genetic elements that act narrowly to advance their own replication at the expense of the larger organism.

The Solitary Self Book

The Solitary Self


  • Author : Mary Midgley
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2016-01-29
  • Genre: Electronic books
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 1138169293

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The Solitary Self Excerpt :

Explores the nature of our moral constitution to challenge the view that reduces human motivation to self-interest. This title argues that simple, one-sided accounts of human motives, such as the 'selfish gene' tendency in neo-Darwinian thought, may be illuminating but are always unrealistic.

The Gene s Eye View of Evolution Book

The Gene s Eye View of Evolution


  • Author : J. Arvid Ågren
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2021-07-21
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 257
  • ISBN 10 : 9780198862260

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The Gene s Eye View of Evolution Excerpt :

"To many evolutionary biologists, the central challenge of their discipline is to explain adaptation, the appearance of design in the living world. With the theory of evolution by natural selection, Charles Darwin elegantly showed how a purely mechanistic process can achieve this striking feature of nature. Since then, the way many biologists have thought about evolution and natural selection is as a theory about individual organisms. Over a century later, a subtle but radical shift in perspective emerged with the gene's-eye view of evolution in which natural selection was conceptualized as a struggle between genes for replication and transmission to the next generation. This viewpoint culminated with the publication of The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins (Oxford University Press, 1976) and is now commonly referred to as selfish gene thinking. The gene's-eye view has subsequently played a central role in evolutionary biology, although it continues to attract controversy. The central aim of this accessible book is to show how the gene's-eye view differs from the traditional organismal account of evolution, trace its historical origins, clarify typical misunderstandings and, by using examples from contemporary experimental work, show why so many evolutionary biologists still consider it an indispensable heuristic. The book concludes by discussing how selfish gene thinking fits into ongoing debates in evolutionary biology, and what they tell us about the future of the gene's-eye view of evolution."--

From Gaia to Selfish Genes Book
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From Gaia to Selfish Genes


  • Author : Connie Barlow
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Release Date : 1992-07-08
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 294
  • ISBN 10 : 0262521784

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From Gaia to Selfish Genes Excerpt :

From Gaia to Selfish Genes is a different kind of anthology. Lively excerpts from the popular writings of leading theorists in the life sciences blend in a seamless presentation of the controversies and bold ideas driving contemporary biological research. Selections span scales from the biosphere to the cell and DNA, and disciplines from global ecology to behavior and genetics, and also reveals the links between biology and philosophy. They plunge the reader into debates about heredity and environment, competition and cooperation, randomness and determinism, and the meaning of individuality. From Gaia to Selfish Genes conveys the technical and conceptual roots of current scientific theories beginning with the planetary perspective of James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis and concluding with the reductionist views of Richard Dawkins and E. 0. Wilson. The contrasting worldviews, coupled with excerpts drawn from critics of each theory, encourage readers to examine their own presuppositions. In addition to the scientists' portrayal of the Gaia hypothesis, symbiosis in cell evolution, hierarchy theory, systems theory, game theory, sociobiology, and the selfish gene, the text is rich in autobiographical passages and biographies. By presenting the human side of research, From Gaia to Selfish Genes reveals the social context and interactions, the motivations and range of cognitive styles that comprise the scientific endeavor. Concluding essays written expressly for this book by Lynn Margulis, John Maynard Smith, W. Ford Doolittle, and others underscore the importance of such diversity. Connie Barlow is a science writer currently living in New York City. The scientists include: Robert Axelrod. Richard D. Alexander. Ludwig von Bertalanffy. Leo W. Buss. Francis Crick. Richard Dawkins. W. Ford Doolittle. Douglas Hofstadter. Julian Huxley. Leon J. Kamin. Philip Kitcher. Richard C. Lewontin. James Lovelock. Lynn Margulis. Ashley Montagu. Leslie Orgel. Steven Rose. Carmen Sapienza. Joh

The Extended Phenotype Book
Score: 4
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The Extended Phenotype


  • Author : Richard Dawkins
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2016
  • Genre: Evolution
  • Pages : 486
  • ISBN 10 : 9780198788911

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The Extended Phenotype Excerpt :

In The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins crystallized the gene's eye view of evolution developed by W.D. Hamilton and others. The book provoked widespread and heated debate. Written in part as a response, The Extended Phenotype gave a deeper clarification of the central concept of the gene as the unit of selection; but it did much more besides. In it, Dawkins extended the gene's eye view to argue that the genes that sit within an organism have an influence that reaches out beyond the visible traits in that body - the phenotype - to the wider environment, which can include other individuals. So, for instance, the genes of the beaver drive it to gather twigs to produce the substantial physical structure of a dam; and the genes of the cuckoo chick produce effects that manipulate the behaviour of the host bird, making it nurture the intruder as one of its own. This notion of the extended phenotype has proved to be highly influential in the way we understand evolution and the natural world. It represents a key scientific contribution to evolutionary biology, and it continues to play an important role in research in the life sciences. The Extended Phenotype is a conceptually deep book that forms important reading for biologists and students. But Dawkins' clear exposition is accessible to all who are prepared to put in a little effort. Oxford Landmark Science books are 'must-read' classics of modern science writing which have crystallized big ideas, and shaped the way we think.

Prisoners of Reason Book

Prisoners of Reason


  • Author : S. M. Amadae
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-01-14
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 365
  • ISBN 10 : 9781107064034

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Prisoners of Reason Excerpt :

Using the theory of Prisoner's Dilemma, Prisoners of Reason explores how neoliberalism departs from classic liberalism and how it rests on game theory.

Why We Do it Book
Score: 2
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Why We Do it


  • Author : Niles Eldredge
  • Publisher : W W Norton & Company Incorporated
  • Release Date : 2005-06
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 269
  • ISBN 10 : 0393326950

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Why We Do it Excerpt :

An evolutionary biologist argues against the belief that sexual behavior is governed by genes, identifying an intricate interplay among humans that involves day-to-day survival, reproduction, and learned cultural factors. Reprint.

Richard Dawkins Book
Score: 3
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Richard Dawkins


  • Author : Alan Grafen
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release Date : 2007
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 298
  • ISBN 10 : 0199214662

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Richard Dawkins Excerpt :

Published to coincide with the 30th anniversary of 'The Selfish Gene', this collection explores the impact of Richard Dawkins as scientist, rationalist, and one of the most important thinkers alive today.

The Selfish Meme Book
Score: 3
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The Selfish Meme


  • Author : Kate Distin
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2005
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 246
  • ISBN 10 : 0521606276

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The Genial Gene Book

The Genial Gene


  • Author : Joan Roughgarden
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 2010-06-15
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 266
  • ISBN 10 : 9780520265936

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The Genial Gene Excerpt :

Explores evidence that suggests whether selfishness and individuality are subjective biological traits, examining social behaviors that relate to sex, gender, and family, and discussing an alternative evolutionary theory called "social selection" that focuses on cooperation.