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The Selfish Gene: 30 years on

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The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins was published 30 years ago. This and his subsequent writings have had a powerful influence not only in biology but in other disciplines and in the wider intellectual debate, championing science and rationalism. This event will bring together scientists, writers and other public intellectuals to explore these developments.

Speaking at the event are:

  • Professor Richard Dawkins FRS, Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University.
  • Professor Daniel C Dennett, Tufts University and author of Darwin's Dangerous Idea and Breaking the Spell.
  • Professor Sir John Krebs FRS, the Department of Zoology, Oxford University.
  • Ian McEwan, a Booker Prize winner and author of Amsterdam and Saturday.
  • Dr Matt Ridley is author of The Origins of Virtue and Genome.

The Selfish Gene: 30 years on is on Thursday 16 March 2006 at 6.45pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required.

Press cuttings

Science and Theology News, USA
The fallacy of the selfish gene (24 July 06)
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the publication of The Selfish Gene, the book that made zoologist Richard Dawkins a scientific superstar. In a recent speech at LSE, Dawkins stated his displeasure with the title of the book that made him famous, arguing that the idea of a 'selfish gene' is too easily misinterpreted. 'If you emphasize 'selfish' then you will think the book is about selfishness, which it isn't, it's mostly about altruism,' he said. 

A parallel tradition (1 Apr 06)
A version of the Ian McEwan talk at the London School of Economics to mark the 30th anniversary of "The Selfish Gene" by Richard Dawkins is presented in the article. 

10 March 2006