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Richard Dawkins - His Research and Books

Richard Dawkins - His Research and Books

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Richard Dawkins
"has established himself as a biological guru" with the publication of booksdetailing and expanding upon Darwinian theory, according to
Times Literary Supplement 
contributorStephen R. L. Clark. Wired Magazine says this "
Revolutionary Evolutionist 
" is "the first trueethologist of the gene". Richard Dawkins "has been concerned to convince the literate public thatthey must now take evolutionary theory seriously as the context within which to think aboutourselves and the world," writes Clark "and he strives to bring his theories to an audience of layreaders through comprehensible analogies and clear writing."
 
Personal
 Born March 26, 1941, son of Clinton John (a farmer) and Jean Mary Vyvyan (Ladner) Dawkins;married authorMarian Stamp, August 19, 1967 (divorced, 1984); married Eve Barham, June 1,1984 (divorced); children-Juliet Emma; married actressLalla Ward, 1992.
 
Education
 Balliol College, Oxford, B.A., 1962, M.A., 1966, D.Phil., 1966.
 
Career
 University of California, Berkeley, assistant professor of zoology, 1967-69; Oxford University,Oxford, England, lecturer in zoology and fellow of New College, 1970-90, reader in zoology, 1990-95; Evolutionary biologist and the Charles Simonyi Professor For The Understanding Of Science atOxford University; Elected as a Fellow of the
Royal Society 
in May, 2001.
 
Essays
Bin Laden's Victory 
 
Videos
 
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Books
In
The Selfish Gene 
 ,
 
Richard Dawkins "gently and expertly debunks some of the favorite illusionsof social biology about altruism," writes Peter Medawar in the
Spectator.
The critic also remarks thatthe work is "a most skillful reformulation of the central problems of social biology in terms of thegenetical theory of natural selection." "Building on a beautifully chosen set of analogies," describesDouglas R. Hofstadter in the
Washington Post Book World,
". . . Richard Dawkins shows how, in theend, spectacularly complex organizations can have the properties we attribute to ourselves, all as aconsequence of aimless chemical reactions. This is one of the coldest, most inhuman anddisorienting views of human beings I have ever heard," continues Hofstadter, "and yet I love it! It isso deep an insight, to bridge the gap between the lifeless and the living, the chemical and thebiological, the random and the teleological, the physical and the spiritual."
New York Times 
criticChristopher Lehmann-Haupt finds Richard Dawkins's writing more than adequate to his task: "It isnot the theory of
The Selfish Gene 
that is so arresting as the marvelous lucidity with which Mr.Richard Dawkins applies it to various behavior mechanisms that have hitherto beenmisunderstood." Pfeiffer also admits that Richard Dawkins "demonstrates a rare and welcomeability to make formidably technical findings come alive." A
New Yorker 
reviewer expresses asimilar opinion: "What makes [
The Selfish Gene 
] accessible is the brilliance and wit of Mr. RichardDawkins' style. It is a splendid example of how difficult scientific ideas can be explained bysomeone who understands them and is willing to take the trouble." In 1989 Richard Dawkinsproduced a second edition of
The Selfish Gene,
which included extensive new endnotes as well astwo new chapters.
 
¤
 
Of his second book,
The Extended Phenotype 
: The Gene as the Unit of Selection,
RichardDawkins tells
CA: 
"I suppose most authors have one piece of work of which they would say `Itdoesn't matter if you never read anything else of mine, please at least read
this.
' For me, it is
The Extended Phenotype.
In particular, the last four chapters constitute the best candidate for the title`innovative' that I have to offer. The rest of the book does some necessary sorting out on the way."
 
¤
 
Richard Dawkins once again investigates aspects of Darwinian theory in
The Blind Watchmaker: 
 
 
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