In his first memoir, Richard Dawkins shares a rare view into his early life, his intellectual awakening at Oxford, and his path to writing The Selfish Gene. He paints a vivid picture of his idyllic childhood in colonial Africa, and later at boarding school, where he began his career as a skeptic.
Arriving at Oxford in 1959, Dawkins began to study zoology and was introduced to some of the university's legendary mentors as well as its tutorial system. It's to this unique educational system that Dawkins credits his awakening. In 1973, provoked by the dominance of group selection theory and inspired by the work of William Hamilton, Robert Trivers, and John Maynard Smith, he began to write a book he called, jokingly, "my bestseller." It was, of course, The Selfish Gene.
This is an intimate memoir of the childhood and intellectual development of the evolutionary biologist and world-famous atheist and how he came to write what is widely held to be one of the most important books of the twentieth century.
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by Richard Dawkins
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"British ethologist and evolutionary biologist Dawkins tells his life story with a lot of charmÑand a little help from Lalla Ward, who reads his mother's journals. He starts off by going into the story behind his birth first name (Clinton) and then looks back to his early years in Kenya. He remembers most things fondly and sounds resilient even as he recalls the horrors of boarding school. His atheistic perspective permeates his memories. He also has a thoughtful air as he reflects on human nature through the prism of his own experiences. His memories offer a glimpse into British boarding schools and childhood with a touch of wit. Listeners will be drawn in. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"