Title: The Extended Phenotype

Author: Richard Dawkins

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 324

Rating: 3/5

This is one of the denser Richard Dawkins books, at least of the ones that I’ve read. In fact, it was so dense that from time to time, I struggled to wrap my head around the science and to understand what he was talking about.

That’s not surprising really, considering that the guy’s an evolutionary biologist. He works in a complex area and even though he tries to make what he’s talking about as understandable as he can for the layman, there are a few places where he struggles with it.

Still, I do feel as though I learned quite a lot, even though I already find it tricky to put my finger on anything specific. That happens a lot when I read Dawkins though, and I’m not sure whether that’s because of his writing style or his subject matter. I don’t mind though, I’m cool with that.

This one is also one of his earlier books, and so in some ways it feels a little dated, even though I’m sure that the concepts that he talks about still hold up. There’s some really good stuff here, so I was pretty happy to tick this one off, even though it was also a big old brain drain. It can be tough to read books like this because of how in-depth they go.

Because of that, I ended up switching this out to be a bedtime book. It was a rare example of one that I didn’t switch out because I didn’t enjoy it, but rather that was just such a challenging and taxing read that I preferred to dip in and out of it to read it slowly so that I could properly process what I was reading about. Although as you can probably imagine, I had some pretty unusual dreams. Ha.

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