Everything you need to understand or teach The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins.
According to the introduction to this book, "The Selfish Gene" changes the way that many scientists look at the process of natural selection. The author begins by suggesting that intelligent, thinking animals must ask questions about its origins, and that Darwin has supplied excellent answers. However, Darwin's thoughts have been misinterpreted over the years to suggest that animals work together to preserve their own species. This book will challenge that idea.
In the next chapter, Dawkins describes how the very earliest forms of life may have come to be. He says that when electrical energy combines with the sort of chemicals in early earth's seas the result is a sort of soup of the building blocks of life. If any of the molecules in this soup somehow begin to replicate—or make copies of themselves, the process of life would follow. The molecules that make the most...
The Selfish Gene Lesson Plans contain 140 pages of teaching material, including: