Richard Dawkins

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Favourite Dawkins Book?

The Selfish Gene
11
38%
The Extended Phenotype
1
3%
The Blind Watchmaker
4
14%
River out of Eden
0
No votes
Climbing Mount Improbable
3
10%
Unweaving the Rainbow
0
No votes
A Devil's Chaplain
1
3%
The Ancestor's Tale
9
31%
 
Total votes: 29
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Richard Dawkins

Post by DanCorb » Sat Jul 05, 2008 2:02 pm

Besides the God Delusion, what is your favourite other book by Richard Dawkins?
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Post by hector » Sun Dec 28, 2008 4:40 pm

My favorite dawins book is the selfish gene
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Post by adamd164 » Sun Dec 28, 2008 6:21 pm

Very close call for me here between The Selfish Gene and The Ancestor's Tale. I took so much from both of them that it doesn't seem right to choose, but if I was pressed I'd go for TSG on the basis of how important I feel it was generally.

(they were all great, by the way. The Extended Phenotype was his most original and innovative work.)
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Post by robdonn » Sun Dec 28, 2008 11:49 pm

Apart from TGD, the only one I've read so far is Climbing Mount Improbable. Although yesterday I used a well earned book voucher to buy The Blind Watchmaker, The Selfish Gene, Unweaving The Rainbow, The Ancestor's Tale and A Devil's Chaplain.

I'll be doing some reading this Christmas...
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Post by ctr » Mon Dec 29, 2008 12:26 am

The Ancestor's Tale is a fabulous book and gets my vote.
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Post by eoin » Tue Dec 30, 2008 11:24 am

It's a tough choice; I'm going for Climbing Mount Improbable, but I'd also put in a plug for the unlikely-sounding The Extended Phenotype (a more professionally-orientated follow-up to The Selfish Gene).

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Post by bipedalhumanoid » Tue Dec 30, 2008 1:10 pm

I said the selfish gene. Although I haven't actually read it yet I have a fair Idea of what it's about. This book opens up a whole new way of thinking about Darwinian evolution. I may be wrong, because I haven't read any of the others in the list either :oops: but I find it difficult to see how anything else could rival it... though the extended phenotype might come in next place.
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Re: Richard Dawkins

Post by Ygern » Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:57 am

After TGD, my favourite so far is The Ancestor's Tale, which I would characterise as a gem amongst non-fiction writing. It's so much more than a comprehensive primer on evolution - witty, discursive on a variety of related subjects such as cosmology, quantum physics and philology and always intent on informing rather than dazzling the reader.

I've just been given The Extended Phenotype as a Winter Solstice Booze-Up Present (my friends are well-informed and obliging :wink: ); so watch this space.
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Re: Richard Dawkins

Post by robdonn » Mon Jan 12, 2009 7:18 am

The Ancestor's Tale

Everybody feel free to have a read, I'll be uploading the rest of my collection over the next few days.
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Re: Richard Dawkins

Post by niallllll » Mon Feb 16, 2009 1:03 pm

The selfish gene was one of the first contemporary science books i read, have continued to read and would happily read through it again sometime in the future. I would have to say that it may have been one of the main influences that set me on my current academic path. (That and a truly amazing Biology teacher in secondary school)
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