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What the community says about The Selfish Gene
- "There is much more to "The Selfish Gene" than is advertised, even in the most glowing of its reviews. In fact, I (not a biologist, but fascinated by evolution ever since "dinosaurs" and the first high school biology course) have been vaguely aware of this book since its initial wave of rave reviews many years ago, but never bothered to read it because as it was advertised its theme(s) always seemed pretty obvious. But something recently piqued my curiosity again, not sure what that was now, and after reading the prefatory material online I finally decided to take a look. After reading quickly through the first 3 chapters, it became apparent that there was a great deal more underlying the book than was overtly presented, that it was not just an over-extended, over-simplified, over-popularized, metaphorical presentation .... but rather that its metaphorical treatment is painstakingly faithful to an elaborate, closely-reasoned, even rigorous, scientific underpinning. At which point, I stopped reading and began again from the beginning, first the prefatory material, then from page 1, this time more slowly and more carefully, taking care to appreciate and reflect on all the markers of the underlying basis and their implications."
- " This book is great. I like the way this book explains how the genes impact our bodies. There were many interesting insights that Richard Dawkins has presented in this book. Sometimes I felt like the writing was just lectures, and if the writing was consistent I feel like that this book would’ve been even better. Some of the theories in this book really didn’t match what is going on in reality, but I don’t want to knit pick too much."
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- "This book offered a very different point of view of how evolution can be explained. It also addresses the nature versus nurture question of evolution and how people become who they are. This book takes the side of the gene determining evolution and not the individual - a new and refreshing approach to genetic study."
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- "I recommend this book and learned a great deal from it. Please consider this review in that light. This book which sets out the gene centric theory of evolution is difficult for a lay reader (me) to review. Dawkins tries to make the subject understandable to just about any non-science but reasonably well -educated reader. Throughout the book, Dawkins attempts to make it more approachable by using snappy colloquial language. Nevertheless, this is a challenging read."
- "I finally sat down and dug into this alternative presentation of genetics and evolution, and I must admit it is full of some interesting counter theories to commonly held beliefs on the subject. It just goes to show, we really don't know all the pieces to this puzzle yet. Great reading for anyone studying evolution and genetics. ""The Selfish Gene looks at the lens of society through genetics in a fascinating book. It looks at how two people who have a similar genetic makeup will act with selflessness towards each other which is a fascinating phenomena. He's an excellent writer and can get his point across without too much technical terminology "