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And then suddenly all these men got very angry and said she was a feminazi and that someone should actually rape her at the next conference.

The fact is, this theory has nothing or everything to do with our lives. If so, this could be the origin of altruism. It’s not the species, as I used to firmly hold, not even the individual, but dawkkins gene, the selfish gene.

The Selfish Gene

Le donne si dipingono il viso e si incollano ciglia finte, mentre gli uomini non lo fanno. And even if they did, it would be almost impossible to use mathematics to calculate things like the probability of an animal saving his cousin’s life. This extends, he argues, to the brain ‘s ability to simulate the world with subjective consciousnessand signalling between species.

I’m serious – like I said, this would normally tick all my ohnoimnotreadingthatshit buttons. I was grinning through most of it and rare was the egoiata when I didn’t share a thought or insight the ggena had triggered or opened up with my long-suffering wife Sarah.

What is so intelligent about that? I bought this book because I’m fascinated by the idea of evolution – I mean, at first glance vena appears utterly preposterous, right?


He also introduced the concept of self-reproducing ideas, or memes, which seemingly use humans exclusively for their propagation.


This book is fun to read. As an example, see Thompson. Laying down a path in walking: The proven best way in evolutionary biology, as in most of science, is to define a problem arising during empirical research, then select or devise the theory that is needed to solve it. It certainly alters the likelihood of events, but a concatenation of contingencies decides what actually occurs.

His ideas are fascinating and logical, but his way of expressing and putting them in words is even better. Dawkins is succinct, eloquent and a very intelligent tutor. How do we explain altruism? This, to me, has a very profound implication. Dawkins examines childbearing and raising children as evolutionary strategies. Inthe ecologist Arthur Cainone of Dawkins’s tutors at Oxford in the s, called it a “young man’s book” which Dawkins points out was a deliberate quote of a commentator on the New College, Oxford [a] philosopher A.

The Selfish Gene – Wikipedia

But perhaps further reading will sway me at a later date. The book contains no illustrations.

Just as genes propagate themselves in the gene pool by leaping from body to body via sperms or eggs, so memes propagate themselves in the meme pool by leaping from brain to brain via a process which, in the broad sense, can be called imitation. The conflict arises in part over defining concepts:.

He solves the problem masterfully in my opinion: This may be true, but it’s concerned with a relatively recent development in his character. There is no description yet. Dawkins is an intelligent evolutionary biologist and he has contributed a lot to the field over the past three or four decades.


That’s a whole other story, and one which Dawkins might have liked, but these one-star creationists certainly won’t. But please, if you think differently, set up a rational, testable and repeatable way to prove this theory wrong.

A requirement upon this claim, supported by Dawkins genz Chapter Louis Why don’t you dismantle Dawkins’ arguments in the book if they’re so preposterous?

In raising awareness of Hamilton’s ideas, as well as making its own valuable contributions to the field, the book has also stimulated research on human inclusive fitness.

Richard Dawkins O Gene Egoista

Retrieved 1 April Well, first of all I’m gonna go have some pie because fuck you, genes, you’re not the boss of me. One of them as a uni professor tichard a student to burn down the book store where they bought this book. It was accompanied by a festschrift entitled Richard Dawkins: Are they the If you are bored look up the Community Reviews, sort by 1-star.

Dawkins says the gene is the fundamental unit of selection, and then points out that selection doesn’t act directly upon the gene, but upon ‘vehicles’ or ‘extended phenotypes’. Much of the book is really about the role of game theory, in understanding irchard.

My Life in Science Science in the Soul: An example of such a conflict might be a person using birth control to prevent fertilisation, thereby inhibiting the replication of his or her genes.