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The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
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it was amazing
bookshelves: science

Reading this book was like meeting with a person about whom you have heard a lot, who has some kind of legendary status, and overall so well-acclaimed that you cannot resist the temptation to meet the person.

Another thing you have heard is that the person is so simple, down to earth that he would take the trouble to talk to any layman, to make these biological terms much easier, more comprehensible and comfortable for him. And you think talking to you won't cause him much trouble because you are well aware of some technical biological jargons.

So, when Mr. Dawkins finally meets you through his legendary The Selfish Gene, you wait eagerly to hear out some more intricate complex terms as the stature of the book and the writer. The chapters in the beginning (2 & 3) bore a bit with their roundabout words. But if you can keep a little bit patience up to Chapter 5, then as the chapters go on you begin to realize why this book is a Classic after all!

I must agree that it's one of the finest books I have read. Chapter 1 is adorable with its nice philosophical leaps. The best chapters are Battle of the Generations and Battle of the Sexes. The chapter on memes sounds like the movie Inception. Overall the book is the best reward for its readers.
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Reading Progress

May 5, 2018 – Started Reading
May 5, 2018 – Shelved
May 5, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
May 7, 2018 –
page 68
18.89% "Chapter 1: comes with intriguing philosophical leaps! I appreciate them and find them relevant.

Chapter 2,3: They are like chewing gums, toying with words to make the same point again and again!"
May 10, 2018 –
page 95
26.39% "Chapter 4: I am reading the 30th anniversary edition published in 2006. Don't know why Dawkins didn't correct that AI programs had already defeated chess champions by then and many more followed after that!

Enjoyed the metaphors and examples in this chapter!"
May 12, 2018 –
page 130
36.11% "Chapter 5: By this time I have begun to realize what has made this book a classic!"
May 15, 2018 –
page 178
49.44% "Chapter 6: another promising chapter. The chapter mostly discusses kinship altruism based on genotypes. But what about when individuals feel more related & connected to friends/ strangers rather than to their own family due to various living circumstances!"
May 17, 2018 –
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May 23, 2018 –
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May 25, 2018 – Shelved as: science
May 25, 2018 – Finished Reading

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