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Richard Dawkins : how a scientist changed the way we think : reflections by scientists, writers, and philosophers

Author: Alan Grafen; Mark Ridley
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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With the publication of the international bestseller The Selfish Gene some thirty years ago, Richard Dawkins powerfully captured a newly emerging way of understanding evolution - a gene's eye view. Dawkins went on to publish five more bestselling books, including The Blind Watchmaker and Unweaving the Rainbow. He is one of the most high profile public intellectuals today and any attempt to understand the scientific  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Essays
Named Person: Richard Dawkins; Richard Dawkins; Richard Dawkins; Richard Dawkins; Richard Dawkins; Richard Dawkins
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Grafen; Mark Ridley
ISBN: 0199291160 9780199291168 9780199214662 0199214662
OCLC Number: 62322400
Description: xiii, 283 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Ballooning parrots and semi-lunar germs / Andrew F. Read --
The battle of the sexes revisited / Helena Cronin --
Richard Dawkins: intellectual plumber --
and more / John Krebs --
What is a puma? / Michael Hansell --
Living with The Selfish Gene / Marian Stamp Dawkins --
The gene meme / David Haig --
The intelluctual contribution of The Selfish Gene to evolutionary theory / Alan Grafen --
An eye on the core: Dawkins and sociobiology / Ullica Segerstrale --
The Selfish Gene as a philosophical essay / Caniel C. Dennett --
The invention of an algorithmic biology / Seth Bullock --
Selfish genes and information flow / David Deutsch --
Deep commonalities between life and mind / Steven Pinker --
Richard Dawkins and the problem of progress / Michael Ruse --
The nest's tale: affectionate disagreements with Richard Dawkins / Patrick Bateson --
What's the matter with Memes? / Robert Aunger --
Selfish genes and family relations / Martin Daly and Mrgo Wilson --
Why a lot of people with selfish genes are pretty nice except for their hatred of The Selfish Gene / Randolph M. Nesse --
The perverse primate / Kim Sterelny --
The skeptic's chaplain: Richard Dawkins as a fountainhead of skepticism / Michael Shermer --
A fellow humanist / Richard Harries --
Dawkins and the virus of faith / A.C. Grayling --
To rise above / Marek Kohn --
What the whale wondered: evolution, existentialism, and the search for 'meaning' / David P. Barash --
Richard Dawkins and the golden pen / Matt Ridley --
Every indication of inadvertent solicitude / Philip Pullman.
Responsibility: edited by Alan Grafen and Mark Ridley.
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Explores the impact of Richard Dawkins as scientist, rationalist, and one of the most important thinkers. Written by leading figures from science, philosophy, literature, and the media, this book  Read more...

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