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The Selfish Gene kindle à eBook 9780199291151 Free ´ Richard Dawkins Í The Selfish Gene 30th Anniversary Edition—with a new Introduction by the AuthorInheriting the mantle of revolutionary biologist from Darwin Watson and Crick Richard Dawkins forced an enormous change in the way we see ourselves From the perspective of molecules competing for limited space and resources to produce of their own kind Drawing fascinating examples from every field of biology he paved the way for a serious re evaluation of evolution He also introduced the concept of self reproducing ideas or memes which seemingly use humans exclusively for their propagation If we are puppets he says at least we can try to understand our strings Rob Lightn Color me very impressed I can now see why this is considered to be one of those hugely popular science books I keep hearing about and the reason why Dawkins has become so widely known andor respected with or without his notorietyIndeed the pure science bits were pretty much awesome We or at least I have heard of this theory in other contexts before and none of it really comes as much surprise to see that genes themselves have evolved strategies that are exactly the same as Game Theory in order to find the best possible outcome for continued replication Hence the selfish geneEnormous simple computers running through the prisoner's dilemma with each other rival genes and especially within whole organisms which could just be seen as gigantic living spacecraft giving the genes an evolutionary advantage of finding new and prosperous adaptations Yup That's usI honestly don't see the problem I love the idea that we are just galaxies of little robots running complicated Game Theories that eventually turn into a great cooperative machine where everyone mostly benefits with plenty of complicated moves going way beyond hawks and doves and straight into the horribly complicated multi defectors forgivers and other evolutionary styles that depend on the events that have gone before and the pre knowledge or lack of a set end date for the entire experiment in other words our deaths whether pre planned or simply the entire mass of genes just coming to realize that it's no longer in their best interest to keep pushing this jalopy around any longer if they're not getting anything out of it like further replication Even when it's not precisely sex it's still all about sex Of course what I've just mentioned isn't the entire book because as a matter of fact the book walks us through so many stages of thought previous research developments mistakes and upgraded theories and surprising conclusions based on soooooo much observable data that any of us might be rightfully confounded with the weight of it unless we were in the heart of the research ourselvesIt's science babyMake sure you don't make the data conform to your theory Build your theory from observable data Improve upon it as the building blocks are proved or disproved keep going until it is so damn robust until nothing but a true miracle could topple it and then keep asking new uestionsThe fact is this theory has nothing or everything to do with our lives We play Game Theory too in exactly the same way every gene everywhere does but we just happen to be able to make models on top of the situations and we're able to choose whether to see through the lies the hawk strategies or when to stop cooperating if the advantages work out much better for us if we did We like our genes can choose long term cooperative strategies or play everything like a Bear market Even this book says that it's very likely that Nice Guys can win but just like our lives the gene lives keep discovering ever complicated strategies and all eventual strategies become and situational Isn't that us to a tea? I wonder if most complaints about this book stem from complaints about Game Theory rather than the perceived conclusion much better spelled out not in this book but in later books that atheism rules the day It really isn't evident here Instead we have a macrocosm mimicking the microcosm and no one wants to challenge their comfortable world view Things aren't simple All choices to betray or cooperate are then met with situation and memory and ever complex meta contexts the difference between us and genes being that we're self aware and the genes are notYes yes I see where the arguments can start coming out of the closet about self determination and such but that's not really the point of this book at all The point is that it's a successful model that accurately describes reality It has nothing at all to do with the macro world except obliuely and makes no value judgments on our art our beliefs or how we think about ourselves except in our uniuely stubborn and self delusional ways that love to take things out of context and apply misunderstood concepts to our general lives and wonder why everything gets so screwed up But then maybe I'm just applying my own incomplete models to yet another and we lousy humans still lack WAY TOO MUCH data to build a really impressively improved model Come on Deep Thought Where are you?

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The Selfish Gene 30th Anniversary Edition with a new Introduction by the AuthorInheriting the mantle of revolutionary biologist from Darwin Watson and Crick Richard Dawkins forced an enormous change in the way we see ourselves and the world with the publication of The Selfish Gene Suppose instead of thinking about organisms using genes to reproduce themselves as we had since Mendel's work was rediscovered we turn it around and What some people seem to find hard to understand is that there's a part of you in fact the most important part that's immaterial and immortal Your body is really no than a temporary shell for the immortal part and houses it for a little while until it dies The rest of this review is available elsewhere the location cannot be given for Goodreads policy reasons

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The Selfish GeneImagine that our genes build and maintain us in order to make genes That simple reversal seems to answer many puzzlers which had stumped scientists for years and we haven't thought of evolution in the same way sinceWhy are there miles and miles of unused DNA within each of our bodies? Why should a bee give up its own chance to reproduce to help raise her sisters and brothers? With a prophet's clarity Dawkins told us the answers Although I consider myself a Jesus loving god fearing creationist I simply LOVE reading about evolution I'm not sure what it is but I find the whole concept when explained by a lucid and accessible author fascinating And Dawkins is nothing if not lucid and accessible He presents the topic and various uestions and scientific controversies in a way that anybody with a willingness to pay attention can follow it Some of the chapters were a bit of a slog as Dawkins has to resort to scary scary math and numbers to prove some of his points and set up for even mindblowing stuff in future chapters But most of the time this book is chock full of insanely interesting examples and user friendly analogies Dawkins sure knows his way around language too One of my favorite lines is Sex that bizarre perversion of straightforward replicationOn the science of it all as I said I'm a creationist but I like to read up on the other side and at least understand if not appreciate what their take on the matter is And to read Dawkins is to realize yes this does sound like a very solid theory My one stumbling block to getting onto the evolution train one hundred percent is time Perhaps my comprehension of just how long hundred million years is is faulty but I just can't wrap my mind around how all of these ACCIDENTAL mutations with no conscious will on the part of the group individual or gene itself could possibly result in the complexity of life as we see it now There is an adage that if you gave an infinite number of monkeys an infinite number of typewriters and an infinite amount of time they would eventually produce the complete works of Shakespeare To believe evolution is to believe that you now have a FINITE amount of monkeys and a FINITE amount of time and yet they STILL manage to produce the complete works of Shakespeare and they do it OVER AND OVER AND OVER again Just doesn't seem plausible But perhaps further reading will sway me at a later dateEDIT 6315I can't believe this review is still getting attention after all this time And I love the thread that has developed in the comments I should let you all know though that as of 2008 I have been living on the side of reason and rationality I became an atheist after a LOT of reading and contemplating of the Bible the link to my de conversion story is down in the comments as well I try these days to as much as possible follow the evidence wherever it leads Additionally Dawkins' The Ancestor's Tale was one of THE most beautiful books I've ever read Check out my review if you're interested