‘The gene does not lead,’ she says. ‘It follows.’
Absolutely wonderful. I've always had a suspicion there was something more to the whole concept, but that's to be expected because of how extremely complex evolution is. They stated it well later in the article:
It’s easy to see why [many biologists stick to the gene-centric model]: even though life is a zillion bits of biology repeatedly rearranging themselves in a webwork of constantly modulated feedback loops, the selfish-gene model offers a step-by-step account as neat as a three-step flow chart. Gene, trait, phenotype, done.
Do you think this is because of how hard scientists already have to work in the field to even have the general public accept evolution already, or simply because it frames it for them, as scientists, as a way to finally make sense of a frustratingly difficult process?