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I have been meaning to get around to this for a long time. In some ways, the book is everything that it is advertised to be - interesting, witty, inflammatory. If you are looking to a good introduction to genetics and the importance of "the immortal gene" and its "survival machines" this is the place to start.
I liked it. but it gets sort of redundant after awhile.
 

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Dawkins is a very intelligent individual, and I have much respect for the contributions he's made in the field of evolutionary biology. However, in terms of psychology and making predictions of altruistic behavior, I think The Selfish Gene doesn't necessarily fall short, but more-so exaggerates the effect size that genes have in terms of moral development.
I acknowledge that Dawkins notes that this book is not a framework of morality, but it is relevant in that he moves into the field of morality and psychology with his claims. I reluctantly state that Dawkins has overlooked many of the explanations we already have for altruistic and prosocial behavior, but most importantly, he ignores the fact that the current standing biological theory of altruism holds it to be adaptive, not based on genetic similarity.
This expansion on Hamilton biological theory of behavior ultimately doesn't convince me of anything beyond the fact that perhaps Dawkins is placing too much confidence in genes, and perhaps maybe his own.
 

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Astounding
Truly a book that changed my life.

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Informative
Enjoyed reading this instead of studying.

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Still very much relevant today as it was back then. It completely turned the way I look at life upside down. You must read it!

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some head-scratching ideas presented in a very accessible form. the drawback is that arguments are a little long-winded for the casual reader.

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User Review  - John Refaat - Goodreads

An excellent and extremely important read. Read full review

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User Review  - Marius Mulder - Goodreads

boring boring booooring Read full review

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User Review  - Jacob - Goodreads

Still Dawkins magnum opus as far as I'm concerned. It looks at one of the most interesting questions of evolution- morality- and does a great job answering it. Read full review

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