Have always enjoyed reading Richard, and talking to him on the one occasion I did that.
His book “Selfish Gene” is the only book I have ever read cover to cover twice in one day (in 1978).
For me it was the single most profound experience of a life filled with more profound experiences than any individual has any right to expect.
For me, Selfish Gene showed me how cooperation can evolve and stabilise, and it pointed to the profound evolutionary role of cooperation, becoming successively more dominant at each new level of complexity.
Agree totally that science works.
Ultimately it seems to be based on a set of Bayesian priors selected by the differential survival of things over the eons of genetic and cultural time. But getting to that understanding requires diving deeply into the nature of computation, the nature of logic, the nature of systems and complexity.
And yeah – we are all vastly, profoundly more complex than any model we can ever have of ourselves.