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The Selfish Gene, a remarkable -and very readable- essay for the layman.
le 17 mars 2013
Carrying forward the work of Charles Darwin, in this essay Richard Dawkins describes the gene as the fundamental agent of change in the evolution of species. At the macro level, individuals and groups have an effect on behaviour and social organization, but the deeper, longer-term transformation occurs at the micro level of genetic structure and content. Why the "selfish" gene? Dawkins posits that the longevity of genes far surpasses that of individual living creatures, and that genes are carried forward from one generation to the next, expressing themselves when a mutation is required or rendered possible. The way Dawkins explains the degree of genetic proximity between individuals (parents/children, siblings, cousins, etc.), and the conclusions he draws about survival choices, is quite remarkable!
I warmly recommend this book to the educated general reader.