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The Selfish Gene

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Richard Dawkins

Evolution takes place via the natural selection process on genomes, not on species or individuals. Genes are, by definition, selfish because they can achieve success by maintaining their own existence at the cost of other genes. It is possible to trace all animal behaviors back to selfish genes.

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1976 marked a landmark in biology with the publication of ‘’The Selfish Gene’’.Throughout this book, the author puts genes at the center of evolution and discusses how genes should be viewed as "selfish." Later, he applies this gene selfishness theory to explain the enormous diversity of animal behavior on the planet.

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Evolution takes place via the natural selection process on genomes, not on species or individuals. Genes are, by definition, selfish because they can achieve success by maintaining their own existence at the cost of other genes. It is possible to trace all animal behaviors back to selfish genes.

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Genes are considered the basis of evolution because they can be found in many copies and are almost eternal.

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By definition, genes are selfish because their survival success depends on the cost of other genes.

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The physical and genetic environment play a crucial role in the survival success of a gene.

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Organisms are machines made by cooperating gene groups only because of their reproductive system.

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Genetically, our brains are programmed to adopt behavior in order to survive.

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