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1.0 out of 5 stars Of historic interest only, 1 Feb 2008
This review is from: The Selfish Gene: 30th Anniversary edition (Paperback)
Perhaps it is appropriate that, with this 30th Anniversary edition, the views expressed by the author should be seen for what they truly are - well 30 years old and out of date compared with modern research.

If you want to read neo-darwinist propaganda, you'll find it here it bucket loads; recognise it for what it is, fiction.

The latest research in epi-genetics paints an entirely different picture; we are not the victims of our genes. Read The Biology of Belief if you want to read what is really going on.
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Initial post: 10 Feb 2008 21:01:58 GMT
jcmacc says:
Oh dear.

"The Biology Of Belief" is cod-scientific, new age nonsense about miracles and how DNA is alledgedly changed by thoughts. In the book the author, Bruce Lipton, makes claims about all illnesses being curable via "positive thinking" alone. To find out how his system ("PSYCH-K", very scientology-like) works however requires you to cough up much more money via his website. Cunning.

This new age BS is very, very different to the geniune science of epigenetics which is concerned with physical factors that influence how DNA replicates, is passed on and produces a phenotype (i.e. all the steps between genetic code and the complex organism that is produced). Examples of the factors involved are things like cancerous mutations, viruses and prions, gene silencing via methylation, RNA influences etc. None of these findings alters the basic factual content of "The Selfish Gene", they simply build on it - that's how science, as opposed to crank new age stuff, works.

To say this PSYCH-K rubbish exceeds and displaces accepted science about gene regulation and function as described in "The Selfish Gene" borders on insanity.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jan 2009 11:56:03 GMT
R. Leal says:
why do people with stupid spiritual beliefs bother to read such a book if they are not gonna take anything in anyway? Maybe this person didn't even read the book and gave 1 star just because he/she doesn't believe in science or whatever other BS.

Posted on 6 Jan 2009 11:27:13 GMT
A. J. Davies says:
"If you want to read neo-darwinist propaganda, you'll find it here it bucket loads; recognise it for what it is, fiction."

If you want to read superstitious, medieveal mumbo-jumbo and want to 'believe' in Sky-Fairies and miracles, then read the bible, but recognise it for what it is, fiction.

Posted on 15 Jan 2009 22:53:51 GMT
I am still waiting for the evidence that god exists..... ' ' The silence is deafening.

Posted on 23 Sep 2009 14:37:21 BDT
Dr. Mabuse says:
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Posted on 23 Dec 2009 13:17:35 GMT
Mrs. K. says:
wow, it is amazing how somebody so obviously non-scientifically minded as this reviewer, can talk about anything ''modern'' and imply they are familiar with ''the latest research in epigenetics'' ... while at the same time stating that darwinism is fiction ! Er, where exactly are you getting your info from, luvvy - crystal ball ? tea leaves ? New Age shop around the corner ?

by the way, when mentioning that Biology of Belief mumbo-jumbo, I think you forgot to tell us to read the bible too while we're at it

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Posted on 21 Oct 2012 19:42:51 BDT
D. S. Sample says:
This person reads Dorean Virtue she wrote a book about fairies .
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