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The Selfish Gene

Richard Dawkins

The Selfish Gene

by Richard Dawkins

The Selfish Gene

Richard Dawkins

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The Selfish Gene explains the workings of our biological genes, how they manifest in the form of organisms, what they do to ensure their own survival, and how it's this that makes humans so special.

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The Selfish Gene

by Richard Dawkins

The Selfish Gene

Richard Dawkins

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Originally published in 1976 by Richard Dawkins, biologist and science writer, The Selfish Gene picks up where Darwin left off to look in-depth at the story of evolution. Dawkins argues that evolution is not founded upon individual organisms or even species, but our genes.

Due to their naturally selfish behavior, genes are the driving force. They merely use organisms as mechanisms to ensure their own survival. Different body features, behaviors, and even altruistic actions are nothing but tools for them. And yet, sometimes animals and humans escape this disillusioning picture.

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"Let us understand what our own selfish genes are up to, because we at least then have the chance to upset their designs, something that no other species has aspired to do."

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