Richard Dawkins

The Extended Selfish Gene

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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.

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  • A commemorative anniversary edition of this landmark work which powerfully encapsulates a new way of looking at living things and their evolution – a gene’s eye view
  • Includes two key chapters from The Extended Phenotype, which were written in response to the heated debate generated by The Selfish Gene
  • With a new epilogue by Richard Dawkins, discussing the continuing relevance of these ideas in evolutionary biology today
  • Completely re-typeset, to make the book even more attractive to read
  • Originally published in 1976, The Selfish Gene remains a classic work in the development of evolutionary thought, and its influence is undiminished today.
  • Includes the original prefaces including Robert Trivers’ 1976 foreword, and extracts from a selection of early reviews.

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.

The imaginative, powerful, and stylistically brilliant Selfish Gene not only brought the insights of Neo-Darwinism to a wide audience, but galvanized the biology community, generating much debate and stimulating whole new areas of research. Forty years later, its insights remain as significant as on the day it was published. Along with the two extra chapters, The Extended Selfish Gene includes a new epilogue to The Selfish Gene from the author which highlights the relevance of the gene’s eye view to evolutionary biology today.

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