"The Selfish Gene" since Dawkins first wrote it in 1976.
He had a noble #goal
in writing it.
He explained, “My #purpose
is to examine the biology of selfishness and altruism. Apart from its academic interest, the #human
importance of this subject is obvious. It touches every aspect of our social lives, our #loving
and hating, fighting and cooperating, #giving
and stealing, our greed and our generosity.” Dawkins was right. The question of #selfishness
vs. unselfishness is at the core of every major #decision
you will ever make.
Who to #marry
. Who to make #friends
with. Who to protect. Who to ignore.
Get this question wrong and you will get your #life
Thousands of pieces have been written on the importance of The Selfish Gene to the study of evolution. I am not a biologist and don’t want to repeat them. What I will say is this: this is a landmark text. If you’ve studied evolution, you’ve probably read it. If you haven’t studied evolution, there’s no better place to start (beyond Darwin himself). This is the #book
on evolution. But there are plenty of reasons to read it beyond that.
Selection is a competitive game. “Survival of the fittest” has stuck around as a #meme
because it works so well across the various ways in which humans compete.
Dawkins examines competitive pressures in great detail here. Looking beyond individual competition, he delves inside the organism to look at how individual #genes
are competing. This is applicable to general competition. One competitor may be superior to another on average, but how do they stack up in specific attributes? If the situation changes, which attributes become important?
How do you play to your strengths?
How do you address your weaknesses?
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