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Letters special: The Dawkins delusion

By Prospect   July 2012

In “The Descent of Edward Wilson,” (June), Richard Dawkins reviewed the latest book by the renowned biologist, concluding that its “theoretical errors are important, pervasive, and integral to its thesis in a way that renders it impossible to recommend.” The article received more responses than any in Prospect’s history. To read the debate in full, see the comments section of Dawkins’s article here

Hamilton’s rule [a formula specifying the conditions under which reproductive altruism evolves] is fine as a rule of thumb. But if you look into the maths rigorously it doesn’t work properly. Dawkins is no mathematician and doesn’t…

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