Thursday, August 9, 2007
Richard Dawkins (1941-)
The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection is the only theory we know of that is in principle capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity.
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Born in Nairobi in 1941, English biologist Richard Dawkins is currently (2002) Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University, and is one of the most prominent biologists alive today.
Dawkins is probably best known for his "selfish gene" theory, first described in his book of the same name. As an ethologist, with a principal interest in animal behaviour and its relation to natural selection, he popularised the idea that the gene is the principal unit of selection in evolution.
Dawkins has been one of the major proponents of sociobiological theory and was the originator of the term meme which spawned the theory of memetics. His books include: The God Delusion (2008), The Selfish Gene (1976; second edition, 1989); The Extended Phenotype (1982); The Blind Watchmaker (1986); River out of Eden (1995); Climbing Mount Improbable (1996); and Unweaving the Rainbow (1998). [This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License and uses material adapted in whole or in part from the Wikipedia article on Richard Dawkins.]
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