100 Word Book Review: The Selfish Gene

The gist: Humans are “survival machines” for replicators, AKA genes. Author Richard Dawkins says┬áreplicators explain why humans, animals and plants exist and do so many of the crazy things they do. (For example, gym-tan-laundry.) Yes, The Selfish Gene┬ákind of takes the mystery out of existence and the piss out of religion, but that’s what science is supposed to do — answer questions. Political implications abound. Genes act selfishly to survive. It is in a living being’s nature, therefore, to be selfish; most of what passes for altruism in nature is actually selfishness. Dawkins is looking at you, penguin.

Joe Donatelli
Joe Donatelli is a writer in Los Angeles

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