The Selfish Gene: 30th Anniversary Edition--with a new Introduction by the Author
ISBN: 0199291152
EAN13: 9780199291151
Language: English
Pages: 384
Dimensions: 0.94" H x 7.72" L x 5.12" W
Weight: 0.62 lbs.
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The Selfish Gene is a classic exposition of evolutionary thought. In it 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 the replication of genes. The book provoked widespread and heated debate, which in part led Dawkins to write The Extended Phenotype, in which he gave a deeper clarification of the central concept of the gene as the unit of selection, as well as contributing his own development of this insight.

For the first time, The Extended Selfish Gene brings these two books together, by including two key chapters from The Extended Phenotype. These chapters provide Dawkins's detailed and powerful response to two issues raised by critics of The Selfish Gene the accusations of genetic determinism (the idea that our behaviour is entirely determined by our genes), and of adaptationism (that all traits are indiscriminately perceived to be adaptations resulting from natural selection). While written in particular for the biology community, Dawkins's clarity of expression allows these chapters to be accessible to all who are seriously engaged with the gene's eye view and its implications.

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