The Selfish Gene-Richard Dawkins
Evolution is one of the most fascinating concepts in all of science. Beginning with Charles Darwin, scientists have continued to learn more about the creation of the universe and are constantly seeking to understand our origin as a species and the origin of this planet we all inhabit. To some, it may seem incredible that the human species has survived for so long. Was it by pure chance that we survived or because of instinctive traits which enable us to protect ourselves and keep going? Richard Dawkins, author of the ‘The God Delusion‘ seeks to answer that question in this thought-provoking book about our genetic makeup.
Over the years Dawkins has become the icon for atheism and is regarded as one of the most brilliant minds the world has ever seen. In this book, he takes on a journey as we explore human nature and examine the concepts of the selfish gene and altruism. The human race has survived for thousands of years while other species have fallen victim to extinction. Undoubtedly at the top of the food chain, it is our very selfishness that enables us to continue this pattern. However, all species looking to continue their existence must be selfish in some way, but selfishness unchecked is a very dangerous concept. Altruism serves a unique purpose as it helps to circumvent the selfish gene ingrained genetic in each and every one of us. What we learn in this book puts evolution in a completely different light. This book is a must read for students and/or believers of evolution.