The Selfish Gene
By Richard Dawkins
The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins, is a book on the principle change theory of evolutionary biology from the perspective of the gene-centered view of Natural Selection. Dawkins attempts to explain the course of the nature of altruism, which is against the universal laws of nature, and outlines the many forms of altruism in relation to the ultimate agenda of the gene.
A Gene Expression Profile
Dawkins implies that genes have a continental philosophy, which has pre-programmed control techniques for the organisms’ basic survival skills and sexual reproduction, also act in a manner that improves the gene’s own chances of being passed on. There are times when the gene and the organism have the same goals and initiatives, such as ensure a continued dimension of wellness. There are other times when the gene and the vehicle are in conflict, such as the male praying-mantis’ need to reproduce at the risk of being eaten.
The examples that are given suggest that in some hosts there are symbiotic relationships that, if changed, can be detrimental to the continuation of the species; such as bees that have specific genes that help them with their work in the hive. But in others there is a power-struggle where the host is seeking to understand its own interests; such as the person taking birth control against their pre-programmed need to reproduce.
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Along with his discussions on genes, Dawkins eludes to how the gene has evolved into a new kind of gene. This new kind of gene is said to have a societal impact rather than an individual one.
What is this new kind of gene called?
What does Richard Dawkins say about why this gene has evolved in this manner?
What is Dawkins implying that this “gene” really is?
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