The long reach of the gene

An animal’s behaviour tends to maximize the survival of the genes ‘for’ that behaviour, whether or not those genes happen to be in the body of the particular animal performing it.

~Richard Dawkins, The Extended Phenotype

5 Responses

  1. How does this apply to rope swings?

  2. It applies to beavers.

  3. A small percentage of people are capable of understanding this.

  4. Bahahaha.

  5. The book is much less accessible than The Selfish Gene or any of Dawkins’ other books because it was designed for those within the field, but a few undergraduate courses and some independent background will get anyone up to speed for the majority of what he has to say, including his central theorem above.

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