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Skeptical Salon: The Selfish Gene

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Lots of excitement over this month's choice! Get reading...or re-reading (or listening...I'm still on my audiobook binge:) )

Excerpted From Wikipedia:

The Selfish Gene is a book on evolution by Richard Dawkins, published in 1976. Dawkins coined 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. An organism is expected to evolve to maximize its inclusive fitness -- the number of copies of its genes passed on globally (rather than by a particular individual). As a result, populations will tend towards an evolutionarily stable strategy. The book also coins the term meme for a unit of human cultural evolution analogous to the gene, suggesting that such "selfish" replication may also model human culture, in a different sense.