The Selfish Gene explained

with Richard Dawkins

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In this short clip Professor Richard Dawkins discusses how he arrived at the idea of the “selfish gene” – the basis of his seminal 1976 publication.

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.

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Natural World, Talking Science

Details

Type:
Interview
People:
Professor Richard Dawkins, Dr Adam Rutherford
Location:
London, UK
Filmed in:
The Theatre
Published:
2014
Filmed:
2013
Credits:

Royal Institution / The Refinery

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