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The Extended Phenotype by Richard Dawkins
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Apr 30, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: kindle, non-fiction, ru
Read from April 14 to 30, 2011

An extra read for those who liked "The Selfish Gene". This one was written for biologists but the glossary in the end of the book and Dawkins' illuminating prose make it easy to follow. The first chapters are aimed at precluding any possible misunderstandings of what Dawkins meant in "The Selfish Gene". The last four chapters explain the long-reach-of-the-gene idea and argue that the phenotypical effects are not limited to one organism. With a multitude of examples Dawkins demonstrates that there is no real reason to believe in "gene A of X accounts for X's skin color" and at the same time deny anything like "gene A of X account's for change in Y's behavior". Meanwhile the book is 30 y.o. and I would love to read about how Dawkins' idea was further developed in biology and what is now the state of the art.
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