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At 07:27 PM 23/01/02 -0500, you wrote:
>Hi Robin Faichney -
> >Sorry, Lawrence, I've been trying for a while to remember where I saw or
> >heard that, without success, though I'm very confident he did write or
> >say it.
>This is apparently from The Selfish Gene, somewhere...
>"Of course," Dawkins writes, "the personification of the gene is not to
>be taken literally ... Personification is sometimes a useful device, and
>for critics to accuse us of taking it literally is almost as stupid as
>taking it literally in the first place. Physicists are not literally
>charmed by their particles and the critic who would so accuse them is a
>- since it was mentioned in a review of the same at
The review mentions several of his books. I am not sure about this, but I
think the quote is from The Extended Phenotype.
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