“Richard Dawkins claimed that for all that our genes ‘instruct us to be selfish…we [humans} are not compelled to obey them all our lives.’ This was an odd reversion to pre-Darwinian beliefs: humans were somehow qualitatively different from the rest of creation. Why humans were so completely unlike any other species in their ability to rebel, how they were immune to the iron rule of the gene and how exactly this meat-robot was supposed to mutiny against its circuitry was unclear. Indeed, precisely who the person was, other than his or her all-controlling genes, was far from obvious.” – Nicholas Spencer