The Gene-ish Self

Richard Dawkin’s book The Selfish Gene, and the selfish-gene theory it embraces have massive implications on human understanding. Traditional Darwinian evolution would say “survival of the fittest” implying that we’re all a bunch of selfish beings focused on our own survival. The selfish gene theory changes that. My essay The Gene-ish Self takes a look at this new perspective and puts it in the context of our lives. What does it mean to be “a gene replication machine”? How is our modern world a refection of our genetic drives? And most importantly, what can we learn from our natural drives to be able to have a better life? Below is an excerpt from The Gene-ish Self: An Essay on the True Nature of You Natural selection is not evil – in fact, it is the only good thing in the universe. There has been much confusion and abuse of natural selection as a concept and this essay hopes to set the record straight. Yes, natural selection created life on this planet, it made people out of monkeys, but it also is the driving force in our high-tech world today. Most people miss that last part. I’m here to show you that a world created by natural selection does not mean we live by the Law of the Jungle. It is not inherently selfish, but rather gene-ish. Insights into natural selection have given us not only new ways to look at biology but also at our own modern lives. What do they mean for you and how can you use that information to have a more focused life? Chapter 1:             ...