The Selfish Gene

The Selfish Gene is a book on evolution by Richard Dawkins, published in 1976. It builds upon the principal theory of George C. Williams's first book Adaptation and Natural Selection. Dawkins used the term "selfish gene" as a way of expressing the gene-centred view of evolution as opposed to the views focused on the organism and the group, popularising ideas developed during the 1960s by W. D. Hamilton and others. From the gene-centred view follows that the more two individuals are genetically related, the more sense (at the level of the genes) it makes for them to behave selflessly with each other. Therefore the concept is especially good at explaining many forms of altruism.
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  • An Introduction to Memes and Memetics for Marketers

    … “selfish.” He postulates that ideas can also spread and evolve in this same way, describing memes as “units of cultural inheritance.” A meme is defined as an idea that can be spread from person to person. From simple examples like songs, jokes, recipes, urban legends, fairy tales to complex examples like religions and languages. A meme is a mind virus…

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