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i need to read dawkins. "the selfish gene" is good?

If you were retired or back in grad school, I'd say "yeah, you should definitely read it." But I qualify "need to read" lists a little more carefully now. I've got bookmarks sitting in half a dozen books on the nightstand, and they're mostly the same ones that were there last winter. But I do get to re-read "The Grouchy Ladybug" and "Go Dog, Go!" almost every night, so I should count my blessings.

I read "Selfish Gene" back in grad school shortly after it came out, and it certainly rocked my boat. Maybe shook my universe would be a better description. My copy is dog-eared and taped together from lending it out so many times, but I haven't gone back to see if it's still got legs. I suspect it has.

Dawkins is a great popular writer, but he doesn't compromise on the science. And with respect to explaining how natural selection works, he takes you right up to the abyss and lets you peer in, unlike Gould for example.

FWIW, my views on evolution are strikingly similar to Jefferson's views on Christianity. The world will likely be a better place if most of humanity remains naive.

TA

PS: As a war, Vietnam is easy to dismiss in the grand scheme of global conflicts. But as an event that changed the Anglo-American political landscape, it seems to warrant more than just an inter-cycle blip?
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