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The Selfish GeneBy Richard Dawkins

In a Nutshell

An exploration of our genes, their inherent selfishness, and the role this trait has played in our evolution.

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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.

Richard Dawkins

Introduction

Originally published in 1976 by biologist and science writer Richard Dawkins, 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 is solely dependent on our genes.

Due to their naturally selfish behavior, genes are the driving force of evolution. Organisms, from the simples bacteria to humans themselves, are merely vehicles used by genes to ensure their own survival. But does our biological makeup necessarily make us selfish creatures?

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