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Professor Richard Dawkins on writing "The Selfish Gene"

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In the mid 1960s Richard Dawkins was lecturing in zoology at the University of Oxford when he came upon an idea put forward by zoologist Bill Hamilton. The theory suggested that it is genes rather than individuals or species which are the drivers for natural selection. It could have revolutionised evolutionary theory but it was little understood outside academic circles. That is until political events lead Richard to have some time on his hands.

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