The Genial Gene: Deconstructing Darwinian Selfishness (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Mar 21, 2009 - Science - 272 pages
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Are selfishness and individuality rather than kindness and cooperation basic to biological nature? Does a "selfish gene" create universal sexual conflict? In "The Genial Gene, "Joan Roughgarden forcefully rejects these and other ideas that have come to dominate the study of animal evolution. Building on her brilliant and innovative book "Evolution's Rainbow, "in which she challenged accepted wisdom about gender identity and sexual orientation, Roughgarden upends the notion of the selfish gene and the theory of sexual selection and develops a compelling and controversial alternative theory called social selection. This scientifically rigorous, model-based challenge to an important tenet of neo-Darwinian theory emphasizes cooperation, elucidates the factors that contribute to evolutionary success in a gene pool or animal social system, and vigorously demonstrates that to identify Darwinism with selfishness and individuality misrepresents the facts of life as we now know them.
  

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User Review  - T. Strange - Goodreads

Very disappointing. I read Roughgarden's other book, Evolution's Rainbow, a few months ago and absolutely loved it. I was very excited to read her second book. The writing is a strange mix of very ... Read full review

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Contents

Sexual Selection Defined
17
The Case against Sexual Selection
23
Social Selection Defined
61
The Genetic System for Sex
71
The Gene RECOMBINATION
73
The Cell SPERM AND EGG
89
The Body MALE FEMALE AND HERMAPHRODITE
105
The Social System for Sex
127
The Behavioral Tier
129
The Evolutionary Tier
163
Family Harmony and Discord
187
Sharing Offspring with Neighbors
209
Social versus Sexual Selection
235
Index
249
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About the author (2009)

Joan Roughgarden is Professor of Biology Emerita at Stanford University. She is the author of several books, including "Evolution and Christian Faith: Reflections of an Evolutionary Biologist" and "The Genial Gene: Deconstructing Darwinian Selfishness" (UC Press).

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