Thursday, February 18, 2021

River out of Eden - Richard Dawkins

As I already mentioned when I reviewed Siddhartha Mukherjee’s “The gene”, we live in an increasingly science-driven society, and one can’t really understand much of it without some basic knowledge of biology.
In this book Richard Dawkins compares life to a river of genes, flowing through time using organisms (including humans) as temporary vessels. The title is obviously quoting a Biblical passage, and that’s not a coincidence.This work somehow summarizes the topics covered by the author in his previous books: darwinism, common ancestry, natural selection, utility functions, evolution’s past, present and future. This and the fact that it’s a relatively short and easy read makes it a perfect place to start a wonderful journey.
Bon voyage!

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