The Extended Phenotype
Using the gene's eye view of life that he developed so well in The Selfish Gene, he shows that animal artifacts are better understood as objects engineered by natural selection, rather than as by products of the behavior of organisms. He als...more
Dawkins argues* that the gene replicators first begin to transcend their gene-only behavior within the body when they cooperate with ot...more
The extension of the phenotype gets more interesting,...more
This book is absolutely fascinating, though it requires quite a bit of rigor to complete (having an encyclop...more
However there is much of interest. As well as giving a different perspective on Evolution, Dawkins illustrates his book with many interesting examples of animal behaviour, and talks about them from a game-playing point of view...more
performing it." p233
Dawkin's theory of the extended phenotype is given full expression in this his self-proclaimed favorite work. It is only now that I realize the publication of The Extended Phenotype (TEP) was in 1982, a mere three years after my favorite work of his The Selfish Ge...more
an extended phenotypic character i teh product of teh intereaction of many genes whose influence impinges from both inside and outside the organism.
this book follows on logically from the selfish gene and takes the genes eye view all the way outward from the gene to its ultimate effects.
genes exert quatitative, mutually interactive, mutually modifying, effects on a shared phenotype.
natural selection is the process...more
Contrary to Dawkin's most famous "Selfish Gene" this book is much more difficult to read for a non-biologist person. Some parts required me to google terms definitions and problem backgrounds each paragraph, if not line.
Despite of this the whole reading experience is very satisfying. Lot of new concepts that bring up interesting ideas, numerous facts and remarkably great language - all of this teams up to build the great book. It's great reading for everyone ready to grind thr...more
In the last chapter of The Selfish Gene (added in the second edition) Dawkins summarized The Extended Phenotype, but recommended skipping the chapter and reading the whole book. So that's what I did, and I was not disappointed. Dawkins considers this book to be his best and Daniel Dennet, in the afterward for the second edition, says it is required reading for modern students of neo-Darwinism.
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