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

    …. First coined by Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, the word meme is a neologism derived from the Greek mimeme, meaning “to imitate.” The book was a study on a biological evolution from the point of view that genes succeed at replicating not because they are good for their carriers, but because they are good at replicating, hence…

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