The extended phenotype is a more difficult read for the non scientist that the selfish gene but it is manageable with some re reading of key passages although the extended reach of the gene is introduced in the selfish gene the focus is on the gene itself. The central theorem of the extended phenotype an animals behaviour tends to maximize the survival of the genes for that behaviour whether or not those genes happen to be in the body of the particular animal performing it p233 dawkins theory of the extended phenotype is given full expression in this his self proclaimed favorite work. Richard dawkinss bestselling books have played a significant role in the renaissance of science book publishing for a general audience the selfish gene 1976 second edition 1989 was followed by the extended phenotype 1982 the blind watchmaker 1986 river out of eden 1995 climbing mount improbable 1996 and unweaving the rainbow . In the selfish gene richard dawkins crystallized the genes eye view of evolution developed by wd hamilton and others the book provoked widespread and heated debate written in part as a response the extended phenotype gave a deeper clarification of the central concept of the gene as the unit of selection but it did much more besides in it dawkins extended the genes eye view to argue . The extended phenotype is a 1982 book by richard dawkins in which the author introduced a biological concept of the same namethe main idea is that phenotype should not be limited to biological processes such as protein biosynthesis or tissue growth but extended to include all effects that a gene has on its environment inside or outside the body of the individual organism
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