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Dawkins, dawkinns other science writers, is forthright in ffnotipo his advocacy in writing this book. It’s a refreshing start to his most serious effort. After publication of The Selfish Gene led to a storm of fatuous criticism, Extended Eextendido comes in response with more detail of how the gene manifests itself in the organism and its environment. It’s clear that Dawkins’ critics, who label him an “Ultra-Darwinist” [whatever that is] haven’t read this book.
His critics frequently argue that The Selfish Gene doesn’t operate in a vacuum, but must deal within some kind of environment, from an individual cell to global scenarios. Dawkins deftly responds to critics in describing how genes rely on their environment for successful replication.
If the replication doesn’t survive in the environment it finds itself, then it, and perhaps its species, will die out. The child’s favourite question, “why” is difficult enough for parents and teachers to answer.
Yet, as thinking humans we’ve become trained to deal with that question nearly every context. So well drilled that we consider something for which that question has no answer to be suspicious if not insidious. Part of Dawkins presentation here reiterates that there is no “why” to either the process of evolution nor its results. It isn’t predictable, inevitable or reasonable.
It’s a tough situation to cope with, but Dawkins describes the mechanism with such precision and clarity, we readily understand “how” if not “why” evolution works.
We comprehend because Dawkins does such an outstanding job in presenting its mechanics.
This edition carries three fine finales: Dawkins well thought out bibliography, a glossary, and most prized, indeed, an Afterword by Daniel C. If any defense of this book is needed, Dennett is a peerless champion for the task. Dennett’s capabilities in logical argument are superbly expressed here. Excepting the more obstinate ones, these seem to be falling by the wayside.
It’s almost worthwhile reading Dennett’s brief essay before starting Dawkins. It would be a gift to readers beyond measure if these two ever collaborated on a book. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Extendiddo Read.
Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. He proposes that we look at evolution as a battle between genes instead of between whole eichard.
We can then view changes 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. This influential and controversial book adwkins the complex world of genetics in an engaging, lively manner. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Extended Phenotypeplease sign up.
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The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene
Do its conclusions still conform with results since collected? Paul Yoward This field has progressed through developments like Niche Construction, the extended theory of evolution – you should see papers by Odling-Smee; The …more Extrndido field has progressed through developments like Niche Construction, the extended theory of evolution – you should see papers by Odling-Smee; The EP holds up though and is well worth reading. See 1 question about The Extended Phenotype….
Lists with This Book. Jul 12, Krishan rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The book is a logical continuation of his devastating book The Selfish Gene.
Here Dawkins turns his critical eye and razor sharp words to evolutionary views that take the individual organism as the definitive playing field for natural selection to operate. Using the gene’s eye view of life that he developed so well in The Selfish Genehe shows that animal artifacts are better understood as objects engineered by natural selection, rather than as richaard products of the behavior of organisms.
He als The book is a logical continuation of his devastating book The Selfish Gene. He also makes the case that many dawkiins incidental to parasitism and symbiosis are better understood if the organism level view of biological agents is abandoned.
Dawkins’ explores these and similar topics with his characteristic clarity, and the reader is exposed to the full power of evolutionary thinking. A quote often seen on the cover of Dawkins’ books is “Richard Dawkins climbs mental Everests”. This book illustrates richrad point and then some. Dawkins concise language is without peer in the biological sciences.
No other writer cuts through conceptual confusion caused by verbal ambiguity like Dawkins. Great but fatiguing Contrary to Dawkin’s most famous “Selfish Gene” this richwrd 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.
The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene by Richard Dawkins
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 Great but fatiguing Contrary to Dawkin’s most famous “Selfish Gene” this book is much more difficult to read for a non-biologist person. It’s great reading for everyone ready to grind through complexities of material. The essentials of life’s story: Biodiversity is more than a buzzword for ecologists.
Variation gives life its grandeur, and Richard Dawkins gives us a description of the workings of variation. Fortunately, with a sharp mind and sharper wit, he has the ability to deliver this portrayal so that nearly everyone can understand it. That’s not to say this book is an easy read.
Although he delivers his narration as if sitting with you in a quiet study, you may still need to review his words more than o The essentials of life’s story: Although he delivers his narration as if sitting with you in a quiet study, you may still need to review his words more than once.
That’s not a challenge or a chore, it’s a pleasure. Feb 28, Svetlana rated it it was amazing. The language of the book cannot be called simple and it takes some efforts to follow the authors reasoning, but these efforts will reap big reward. In process of reading you will experience the happiness of discovers time and again, have finished the book you will get another angle of view of the phenomenon of life. Don’t panic, extend your mind.
Oct 16, Pink rated it it was ok. I’m sure this is great, but I’m not a scientist and as one of Dawkins least accessible books, this one was overkill. It’s an expansion of topics covered in The Selfish Gene, which I’d previously enjoyed, but there was too much detail for me to take in.
I’ll skip back to some of his later books.
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Mar 24, People say my name should be Jeff rated it really liked it. I’d give it 5 stars if I knew enough biology to be able to confirm it or 1 if I could refute it. Jan 15, Sheng Peng rated it really liked it. Built upon e more advanced than The Selfish Gene.
Re-read this after re-reading The Selfish Gene. It definitely makes more sense to me this time around. From the get-go, the style of the book is a lot more science-heavy—more jargon, more in depth dawikns ideas and reasoning, which as a scientist myself I enjoyed: Dawkins is terrific at scientific reasoning, and this was richrd good outing from him, even fenotpo his standards.
The problem with the first half maybe even more of the book, is the content. Dawkins spends a very long time addressing criticism from The Selfish Gene, as well as some criticism with his extended phenotype theorem.
Genetic determinism, group selection, green beards etc. Whilst this is very well done, it shows the age of the book. Almost all of these criticisms are no longer pertinent which shows how correct Dawkins was at the time, might I addso some arguments seem a little trivial.
What the first half lacks, Dawkins makes up for in the second half. The theorem of the extended phenotype is a fantastic way of viewing the impact replicators have on the world, and is almost flawless plus, Dawkins addresses the few issues that arise with the theorem.
He even ends with an optimistic view of life, presumably addressing the sadness? Fenotkpo, a very good book, but unless rcihard wish to get into the knitty-gritty of many different theories some very extendieo and some a bit less extendidk, you might be best off reading the last few chapters. Alternatively, the summary of the extended phenotype theorem that Dawkins provides in the recent ricchard of The Selfish Gene might be a good option.
Jul 07, Tien Manh rated it really liked it. The book promotes concepts called replicators genes, DNA and vehicles organisms, groups, species I got to about mid-way through the book, then Dawkins went on a “Lamarckism bash”, and some other academic debates regarding neo? Not being a scientist myself and having little formal context in evolutionary biology, I got a bit lost.
Will retry the latter half of the book in the future! Mar 08, Harry H. Dawkins is a contemporary genius with fresh perspectives in several fields.
In this book, Dawkins picks up his selfish gene theme and extends its influence to organs and systems within the body and then to the external environment. In doing so, Dawkins never strays from his central themes: