#95: Inside Humanity's Infinite Improbability Drive – Matt Ridley

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#95: Inside Humanity's Infinite Improbability Drive – Matt Ridley

Matt Ridley is an author, journalist, biologist, and businessman. His books have sold over a million copies.

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  • When did Matt first come to understand the disturbing notion of selfish gene theory? [8:55]
  • How did Matt, a biologist, become so interested in innovation? [16:20]
  • The infinite improbability drive. [20:30]
  • What’s the difference between innovation and invention? [24:05]
  • What do most people (wrongly) believe about how innovation works? [25:48]
  • Why innovation relies on collaboration. [33:53]
  • Innovation is the child of freedom. But what amount or types of freedom are sufficient to underpin innovation? [40:35]
  • Why does innovation thrive in fragmented political systems? [46:39]
  • Does unfettered economic freedom tend irresistibly towards monopolies? [50:37]
  • Antitrust enforcement: have we been doing enough? [1:02:44]
  • The relationship between uncertainty and innovation. [1:05:58]
  • Frauds and visionaries. [1:14:20]
  • Uncertainty and economics. [1:15:26]
  • Are we in the midst of a Great Stagnation? [1:26:40]
  • Can we escape stagnation? [1:40:30]