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A good starting point to genes and natural selection,
This review is from: River Out Of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life (SCIENCE MASTERS) (Paperback)
There is a point in River Out of Eden when the stark brutality of nature really hits home. With a nervous system programmed to kill anything that moves near its young unless it emits a babies cry, a deaf mother turkey mistakes her children for predators and, in a bid to protect them, ends up massacring every last one. It's one of several tragic anecdotes used to make an important point, and the kind of jolt that Dawkins does best. This is not however a pessimistic book. Far from it. As Dawkins reminds us, nature is neither cruel nor kind, only "pitilessly indifferent" - but when you understand how it works, its genius is positively awe-inspiring.
If you have already read several other Dawkins' titles - The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, etc - then you may find this adds little to what you already know.
However if you're not too familiar with evolution but keen to delve into Dawkins' scientific titles - perhaps you've only previously read the God Delusion - then I recommend going for this one. Not too long and not too lumbered with detail, it takes the reader through genes, DNA and natural selection - via African Eve and blindfolded bees - in a beautifully-written account peppered with anecdotes and various mind-boggling facts and figures that will explain just enough to inspire you to read more.