Book Reviews of The Selfish Gene

The Selfish Gene
The Selfish Gene
Author: Richard Dawkins
ISBN-13: 9780192860927
ISBN-10: 0192860925
Publication Date: 10/25/1990
Pages: 368
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 28 ratings
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Book Type: Paperback
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Excellent, readable and interesting. Describes the theory of evolution in a way that is accessible but not dumbed down.
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I gave this book only 4 stars and not the full 5, not due to author's ideas but to the organization of the book. The author spent too much time jumping from topic to topic or telling you he will discuss a topic a few chapters later.

Example: I felt like the research by Axelrod in later chapters on Game Theory should have been included when ESS was first introduced with the Hawks and Doves game in the earlier chapters. There were too many questions by the reader left unanswered between those chapters.

Aside from the aforementioned, the theories in this book will truly make you put your thinking cap on.
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MARVELOUS BOOK!!! RICHARD DAWKINS IS GOD!!!! Umm, or something like that.
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He makes a good point and explains it well, but he could have done so in about half the space he takes! I love Dr. Dawkins' ideas and underlying beliefs, but he needs an editor to quell some of his wordiness.
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Charles Darwin would love this book.
It takes the idea of adaptation to the modern days of genetics.
Really, really interesting.
But since I am a believer, the only thing that I did not like is that everything is explained by random mutations plus billion of years to allow for chances to work out. I'd rather believe in an intelligent principle interfering with the mutations.