David Dobbs has written for The New York Times, National Geographic, NewYorker.com and Slate. His next book, working title The Orchid and the Dandelion, is due in 2015. He lives in Vermont.
Dead or Alive?
Is it time to kill off the idea of the ‘Selfish Gene’? We asked four experts to respond to our most controversial essay
David Dobbs, John Dupré, Karen James and others
Die, selfish gene, die
For decades, the selfish gene metaphor let us view evolution with new clarity. Is it now blinding us?