The Selfish Gene
Richard Dawkins, 1976

Stranger than Fiction
Dawkins says that "We are survival machines -- robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes". I share his astonishment at this truth. As he goes on to say, "Though I have known it for years, I never seem to get fully used to it".

Since reading his River Out of Eden and now starting this book, I frequently find myself contemplating the basic fact that our existence is understandable as the expression of a mindless string of chemicals.

The Most Complicated Machinery
Dawkins says that
we are complicated . A phrase that comes up often as I study the brain is "staggering complexity".


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