The Selfish Gene
6 journalers for this copy...
Registered to fill up the Stratford on Avon OBCZ.
I read this some time ago as my introduction to the work of Richard Dawkins and was immediately hooked. He has such a good way of presenting complex ideas in a manner that allows non-scientists like me to understand them. He also has a ready wit which lightens the tone of the book and makes sure that the reader enjoys the experience of learning. The publisher's synopsis is below:
Reissued in new covers, this is the book that tells of the selfish gene. It is a world of savage competition, ruthless exploitation, and deceit. But what of the acts of apparent altruism in nature the bees who commit suicide when they sting to protect the hive, for example? Professor Dawkins holds out the hope that our species has the power to rebel against the designs of the selfish gene. This is Richard Dawkins' first and most famous book, selling over a million copies worldwide so far, and translated into 21 languages.
This book was still lying next to my bed, while I was under the impression that I had registered its safe arrival. Not! I am sorry! I was kind of caught up in the arrangements around our wedding this week.
I will start reading this soon, there are already people lining up for it when I have finished. Thank you, Netstation, and for the lovely card that came with it!
Well, I tried and tried but I simply can't read past Dawkins' pride, sense of self-importance and annoying attitude. True, I have learnt a lot from the first half of this book.
Now I will give it to my friend and fellow bookcrosser papaver, who has been drooling over this one for months.
Edit: a ring might form. I want to give it another chance, but Impuls will read it first, after Papaver.
This was on it's way to Papaver, but somehow ended up on my bedside-table. I'll pass it on when i've finished it.
Oops, it seems this book has been sitting on my bedside table for six months now. And worse, although I rather liked it I still haven't finished it. Maybe this is because this book really isn't bedtime-reading material?
Anyway, I've got a new strategy: I've passed it on to Papaver, who will read it & tell me all about it. Not bad, huh?
I brought it home with me from Papaver's house yesterday. I want to give it another try. We have been discussing this book several times though, it has hardly been gathering dust in a forgotten corner.
Journal Entry 7
Deventer, Overijssel Netherlands on Friday, January 14, 2011
It was requested by another bookcrosser from New Zealand. I sent it off yesterday, now that the postal strikes are over and the Christmas card rush is done. Happy reading!
Journal Entry 8
Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Thank you! It has arrived safely.
I have been wanting to read this book for a while as it is always poping up in my biology lectures, especially animal behaviour ones. As I've already studied altruism quite a bit, as well as the 'selfish gene' hypothesis, it will be good to read the original literature instead of second-hand quotes on power-point slides! ;D
Journal Entry 9
Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Thursday, February 03, 2011
It was a really interesting read, and it was good to go over topics again just before lectures start.
Thanks for this book! I'll pass it on to some other biology students who may be interested in reading this book. Then I'll most likely start an international bookray with it.
Journal Entry 10
Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Monday, May 09, 2011
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Given to a friend to read.
Journal Entry 11
Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Thursday, September 29, 2011
Very interesting, but felt that I was back in evolution [lecture] days again.
Journal Entry 12
Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Monday, November 14, 2011
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Gone off as a surprise RABCK/ HGG book.
Here is an early Christmas present~!!! :D
Journal Entry 13
Spirit Lake, Idaho USA on Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Arrived safely in the mail today. Thanx a bunch!