Read Richard Dawkins The Selfish Gene
November 28, 2007
Having read and enjoyed Richard Dawkins The God Delusion, I decided to check out the book that made him famous. It’s interesting to see that many of the themes from The God Delusion are already addressed (if only in passing) such as the illusion of design – and this 30 years before Intelligent Design became “relevant”.
His rethinking of Darwinism is enlightening. I loved his debunking that animals act “for the good of the species”. I also loved his breaking down of the basic reproductive unit to the meme. As a conscious entity, it’s hard to accept that we are arguably puppets serving the reproductive desires of our memes, and that this very consciousness is just another trait to increase this reproductive potential, but the arguments and evidence are compelling.