Books: Summary of The Extended Phenotype, by the author Richard Dawkins
The Extended Phenotype
Author: Richard Dawkins
Genre: Science / Scientific Divulgation
The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene
'The Extended Phenotype is a sequel to The Selfish Gene... he writes so clearly it could be understood by anyone prepared to make the effort' John Maynard Smith, LRB...
'This entertaining and thought-provoking book is an excellent illustration of why the study of evolution is in such an exciting ferment these days'. Science...
People commonly view evolution as a process of competition between individuals--known as "survival of the fittest"--with the individual representing the "unit of selection." Richard Dawkins offers a controversial reinterpretation of that idea in The Extended Phenotype. He proposes that we look at evolution as a battle between genes instead of between whole organisms.
We can then view Nanges in phenotypes--the end products of genes, like eye color or leaf shape, which are usually considered to increase the fitness of an individual--as serving the evolutionary interests of genes.
Dawkins makes a convincing case that considering one's body, personality, and environment as a field of combat in a kind of "arms race" between genes fighting to express themselves on a strand of DNA can clarify and extend the idea of survival of the fittest.
This influential and controversial book illuminates the complex world of genetics in an engaging, lively manner.
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