The Selfish Gene: Thirty years on

16 March 2006

It is thirty years since The Selfish Gene revolutionised our understanding of living things. Since then, Richard Dawkins' pursuit of the implications of science has informed areas as diverse as biology, psychology, philosophy and religion. His work has made an outstanding contribution to the understanding of science in society; and it has shown how science deepens our appreciation of the natural world. Darwin@LSE, in collaboration with Oxford University Press, brought together leading intellectuals to explore these insights -- and to make their own distinctive contributions to this fertile field.

A full transcript and audio recording |of the event is available from Edge. Podcasts and transcripts of the event are also available from The Science Show| on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The Science Show is broadcasting two programmes on the "The Selfish Gene turns 30|", on 22 and 29 April. The first is on Richard Dawkins' talk; the second is on the other talks.

Speakers

Daniel C Dennett
Tufts
The view from Dawkins' mountain

Sir John Krebs, FRS
Zoology, Oxford
From intellectual plumbing to arms races

Matt Ridley
Author of The Red Queen|; The Origins of Virtue|; Genome|.
Selfish DNA and the junk in the genome

Ian McEwan
Author
Science writing: Towards a literary tradition?

Richard Dawkins, FRS
Oxford
Afterword

Chair: Melvyn Bragg

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