The Evolution of Everything

The Evolution of Everything

How New Ideas Emerge

Book - 2015
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A book that makes the case for evolution over design and skewers a widespread but dangerous myth: that we have ultimate control over our world.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780062296016
Characteristics: 360 pages ; 24 cm


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Jan 14, 2016

The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge --- by --- Matt Ridley
Big admission: I didn’t read the whole book. And I don’t think you have to. “Evolution” is best to be considered a series of essays with common threads: evolution and a political persuasion. By training, Ridley is a zoologist ergo (perhaps) the evolution metaphor. And the metaphor works: change, improvement, building on what went before. There’s a lot about this book that’s quite thought provoking. By inclination, however, he is something quite different. As of 1913 he has become a hereditary Peer in Britain’s House of Lords. That’s not something you get for advocating against the 1%. He does have some nasty things to say about the banks, but oddly not about the Northern Rock bank with which he was associated at its collapse in 2007. Ridley believes in low taxes, freedom and minimal government intervention in the lives of the individual. He's so gung ho about that that he's probably got a plan on the shelf to privatize thje fire department. If your place is on fire, well, what's in your wallet?
But I digress. The essays are thought provoking indeed. But soon enough the snake rears its head in the garden and you realize you can accept what Ridley says just so far. And then, like it said in the margins of those ancient maps, there be monsters.

Dec 17, 2015

also by this author:
“The Origins of Virtue : Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation”
and . . .
“Genome : The Autobiography of A Species in 23 Chapters”
and . . .
“Nature via Nurture : Genes, Experience, and What Makes Us Human”
and . . .
“The Red Queen : Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature”


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