The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
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In "The Selfish Gene", renowned evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins revolutionizes our understanding of natural selection by presenting one of the most important and controversial ideas in modern science: genes, rather than organisms, are the true drivers of evolution.
Dawkins compellingly argues that the 'selfish' gene is not selfish in the human sense, but merely focused on survival and reproduction. Through this lens, he presents a new perspective on evolution where genes, not individuals or species, are the principal unit of selection. The 'selfish' gene is one that prioritizes its own replication over anything else.
The book offers fascinating insights into altruism, aggression, social insects, and, of course, the human animal. Dawkins explores how selfish genes could still lead to altruistic acts, explains how complex life evolved from simple beginnings, and introduces the concept of 'memes' as cultural analogues to genes.
"The Selfish Gene" is more than just a book on evolutionary theory. It's a call to rethink our understanding of life, survival, and existence. Dawkins' lucid and accessible writing ensures that these complex ideas can be understood by readers of all backgrounds, making this book a must-read for anyone interested in genetics, biology, or the human condition.
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