The Selfish Gene explained
with Richard Dawkins
The Selfish GeneThe Selfish Gene
What is DNA and how does it work?What is DNA and How Does it Work?
What is DNA and how does it work?
W. D. HamiltonW. D. Hamilton
Robert TriversRobert Trivers
Ronald FisherRonald Fisher
J. B. S. HaldaneJ. B. S. Haldane
About this video
Dawkins explains how the genes that are around today – in us and every other living organism – come from an unbroken line of successful ancestors. Describing the body as a “survival machine” for the self-replicating information it contains, he explains how the genes that are good at making these bodies can therefore persist through countless generations, meaning successful genes are potentially immortal. It was this inspiring vision, along with the work of W. D. Hamilton, which motivated his research in this field.
To hear more about Dawkins’ life and the events and experiences which shaped his thinking, watch the full event ‘An Appetite for Wonder’, complete with audience Q&A.