The Selfish Gene

The Selfish Gene

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 "ou Inheriting the mantle of revolutionary biologist from Darwin, Watson, and Crick, Richard Dawkins forced an enor...

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Title:The Selfish Gene
Author:Richard Dawkins
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Genres:Science
ISBN:The Selfish Gene
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:360 pages pages

The Selfish Gene Reviews

  • rachelm
    Sep 12, 2007
    Writing lucidly about science for a lay audience while remaining scientifically rigorous is not easy, and Dawkins does a tremendous job as he examines evolution from the point of view of the gene rather than the organism. I found this book to contain a number of "aha" mom...
  • David
    Sep 14, 2008
    I read the 30th anniversary edition of this book--it is a true "classic". I note that there are over 48,000 ratings and 1,400 reviews of this book on Goodreads! Richard Dawkins put an entirely original slant on Darwin's theory of natural selection. The book has turned pe...
  • Jason
    Aug 17, 2007
    listen to this story. 10 people in a private room with a big deal/money insurance company eating expensive steaks and drinking expensive wine. one guy says to the effect: "simple starches convert almost instantly to sugar, sugar actually makes you more hungry." so i say t...
  • Nathan
    Oct 03, 2007
    Didactic, patronizing, condescending and arguably neo-intellectual twaddle. I do not believe in a God, certainly not any God that's been conceived by man, but I also believe Richard Dawkins is a self-satisfied thought-Nazi who is as fundamental in his view of religion as any right...
  • M D
    Oct 02, 2007
    I read this book when I was a student and studying genetics at the time. This helped a lot, it made an awful lot more sense than what I was learning and I have Professor Dawkins to thank for making me look like a genius in a lecture and completely getting my head round an essay. I a...
  • Elyse  Walters
    Aug 02, 2009
    I read this years ago.. It was the first book I read with The Bay Area Book club..(the local book club I'm still in. I don't think I was a member of Goodreads yet. I thought this book was a little more 'textbook' in sections than I would have preferred .. At t...
  • Jim
    Apr 19, 2018
    This is the thirty year anniversary edition of the book (2006 rather than 1976) so it contains a lot of clarifications where he found there were misunderstandings. It also contains some corrections where he decided that he was either wrong or off target. He also mentions areas where ot...
  • Jono Davis
    Apr 19, 2008
    One of the most important things I took from The Selfish Gene is an idea that I find a bit difficult to put into words. Richard Dawkins is really good at crafting metaphors to describe scientific principles that on their own may be not be so interesting, or may be stubbornly inaccess...
  • Brian Hodges
    May 08, 2008
    Although I consider myself a Jesus-loving, god-fearing, creationist, I simply LOVE reading about evolution. I'm not sure what it is, but I find the whole concept, when explained by a lucid and accessible author, fascinating. And Dawkins is nothing if not lucid and accessible. He p...
  • Petra-X Off having adventures
    May 24, 2015
    If you are bored look up the Community Reviews, sort by 1-star. They are very entertaining. One of them as a uni professor advising a student to burn down the book store where they bought this book. Then we have the creationists, then the person who thinks it is all a capitalist manife...
  • Robert
    Aug 11, 2009
    I bought this book because I'm fascinated by the idea of evolution - I mean, at first glance it appears utterly preposterous, right? So I wanted to take a closer look. I started by reading The Origin of Species (Darwin, of course). That was well worth-while but clearly his theory ...
  • Manny
    Nov 22, 2008
    - What some people seem to find hard to understand is that there's a part of you, in fact the most important part, that's immaterial and immortal. Your body is really no more than a temporary shell for the immortal part, and houses it for a little while until it dies. The...
  • Priscila Jordão
    Apr 26, 2013
    Although a lot has changed in social biology and ethology since this book was originally published in 1976, ?The Selfish Gene? brought me numerous insights which made my respect for Dawkins grow immensely. I?ll explain why. The book can be considered today almost out of date, ...
  • Alex
    Jun 08, 2014
    Richard Dawkin's 1976 classic game changer The Selfish Gene contains information I still didn't know, almost 40 years later. His basic idea is that the essential unit of life is the gene; our bodies are just big fleshy protection robots for the gene. Dawkins says I'm a t...
  • Bradley
    Apr 02, 2017
    Color me very impressed. I can now see why this is considered to be one of those hugely popular science books I keep hearing about and the reason why Dawkins has become so widely known and/or respected with or without his notoriety. Indeed, the pure science bits were pretty much awe...
  • Ali
    Feb 13, 2011
    Finally, and after an excessive period of time, the main cause of which was college overwhelming demands, I managed to read and finish, from cover to cover, the book that launched the fame of the most distinguished evolutionary biologist in the world (Richard Dawkins): The Selfish Gene...
  • Ms.pegasus
    Apr 03, 2020
    Any reader of fiction understands the importance of narrative point of view. Influential evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins adopts that idea here. The point of view is that of the gene. His ?selfish gene? is a metaphor, an anthropomorphic representation of a replicating sequenc...
  • Melki
    Sep 06, 2012
    I didn't find this one nearly as interesting or as fun as The God Delusion. At times, reading it felt like a homework assignment, but for that I will have to fault my own intellectual shortcomings, and NOT Dawkins' logic or writing ability. After all, I'm not about t...
  • Nandakishore Varma
    Oct 03, 2011
    On 27 December 1831, a young naturalist by the name of Charles Robert Darwin set upon a voyage of discovery on the HMS Beagle which was to last five years and take him all over the globe. He came back with a lot of specimens, copious scientific notes and an explosive theory which was t...
  • Alexander McNabb
    Jan 04, 2012
    I asked Twitter for reading recommendations just before Christmas and one of them was this book. It's so outside my comfort zone (a book about genetics? Are you MAD?), I just went for it. And I am very glad I did. That's the great thing about Kindles. You can do mad stuff ...
  • Max
    Apr 28, 2016
    The Selfish Gene is still widely read 40 years after publication, remarkable for a science book, and it continues to cause controversy. In straightforward language Dawkins offers theories for the beginning of life, evolution, sexual differentiation and altruism in human behavior. He ta...
  • Florina
    Jan 08, 2017
    One of the best books ever written :) ?We are survival machines ? robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes. This is a truth which still fills me with astonishment.? ...
  • Leajk
    Jul 16, 2012
    When I read this a couple of years ago, I loved it. I've also been at a loss to see why people had troubles liking Richard Dawkins, sure he was harsh sometimes in debates, but mostly I found him intellectually honest. It's higly ironic that not even a week after I was defe...
  • Abubakar Mehdi
    Nov 07, 2015
    I love reading books that challenge my worldview and compel me to change it. This book is an excellent work on Evolutionary biology, Genes, Behavioral biology and Natural selection, among many other fascinating topics. Dawkins is succinct, eloquent and a very intelligent tutor. He uses...
  • Huyen Chip
    Feb 05, 2019
    This book changed how I see the world. I wish I could buy a copy and give it to everyone around me. ...
  • Farhana
    May 25, 2018
    Reading this book was like meeting with a person about whom you have heard a lot, who has some kind of legendary status, and overall so well-acclaimed that you cannot resist the temptation to meet the person. Another thing you have heard is that the person is so simple, down to ear...
  • Sidharth Vardhan
    Mar 25, 2014
    ? There are more possible games of chess than there are atoms in the galaxy.? Sometimes science books can become unintentionally funny: ?What is the good of sex? This is an extremely difficult question for the evolutionist to answer. Most serious attempts to a...
  • Valliya Rennell
    Dec 02, 2020
    3 stars and in this book, this concept is explained through the perspective of genes. Dawkins manages to present complicated topics like cell division, probability, and animal behaviours through the "eyes" of the gene which will use its survival machine (the organism) to...
  • Swaroop
    Jul 22, 2019
    This book is pretty good! Professor Richard Dawkins has narrated this topic on life and evolution in a very interesting way. A must read - all about The Immortal Gene and The Immortal Replicator! "Death, of course, is not a failure. Death is normal. Death may be the enemy, b...
  • Orhan Pelinkovic
    Sep 13, 2020
    The Selfish Gene (1976) is exactly how I prefer my non-fiction science books to be written. Richard Dawkins is clear, stays on topic, and explains the necessary details and complexities using simple everyday life examples. Dawkins, is entertaining, and gives you a hand when you get los...