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An Analysis of Richard Dawkins's The Selfish Gene

Nicola Davis

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Macat Library
05 July 2017
Philosophy; Human geography
Richard Dawkins provides excellent examples of his reasoning and interpretation skills in The Selfish Gene. His 1976 book is not a work of original research, but instead a careful explanation of evolution, combined with an argument for a particular interpretation of several aspects of evolution. Since Dawkins is building on other researchers' work and writing for a general audience, the central elements of good reasoning are vital to his book: producing a clear argument and presenting a persuasive case; organising an argument and supporting its conclusions.

In doing this, Dawkins also employs the crucial skill of interpretation: understanding what evidence means; clarifying terms; questioning definitions; giving clear definitions on which to build arguments. The strength of his reasoning and interpretative skills played a key part in the widespread acceptance of his argument for a gene-centred interpretation of natural selection and evolution - and in its history as a bestselling classic of science writing.
By:   Nicola Davis
Imprint:   Macat Library
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
Weight:   91g
ISBN:   9781912127573
ISBN 10:   1912127571
Series:   The Macat Library
Pages:   85
Publication Date:   05 July 2017
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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