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kleinbl00  ·  1103 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: January 11th: What are you reading this week?

Finished Destiny Disrupted. 'twas dope. He kind of glosses over the fact that the West dominated the "Middle Kingdom" not through war, but by buying it.

Started Dawkins' Selfish Gene. It's an audiobook, largely read by Dawkins. Trying to find the controversy.




b_b  ·  1103 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The controversy was manufactured after the fact by neo-social darwinists, who took it as scientific endorsement of their stealing from everyone. There have been scientific critiques of it too, most notably E.O. Wilson's recent rejection of it after years of endorsement. Mainly, however, it's a book about mathematical biology written to be understood by non-mathematical biologists, and many of its claims boil down to basic logic. That Wall Street corrupted it shouldn't be shocking considering what eugenicists did to Darwin.

blackbootz  ·  1102 days ago  ·  link  ·  

In what book did E. O. Wilson explain his rejection of TSG? I have a copy of The Future of Life written in 2002 laying around.

b_b  ·  1102 days ago  ·  link  ·  

In this paper he lays out some theories on kin selection that deviate from the gene-centric view. He and Dawkins have had a heated war of words ever since.