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Madame Bovary’s Ovaries

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“Madame Bovary’s Ovaries,” by Barash & Barash, quoting “The Selfish Gene,” by Richard Dawkins “In the beginning was the gene. Or rather, an array of organic molecules, some of which were capable of copying themselves. Most of their fellow molecules likely broke apart over time, but some were self-replicating, perhaps like crystals mechanically repeating their structure. In any event, even copycatting genes wouldn’t have left an indelible imprint on the national world, especially once they found themselves competing with other replicators that happened to blunder into the world’s second greatest discovery (after replication itself): building bodies. Here is Dawkin’s account, which we quote at length since not only is it suitably dramatic, but the story it tells is laden with meaning and even beauty. ‘Replicators began not merely to exist, but to construct for themselves containers, vehicles for their continued existence. The replicators that survived were the ones that built survival machines for them to live in. The first survival machines probably consisted
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