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Johnson on the emergence of ideas

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Ideas are networks and develop in (liquid) networks. They emerge in open innovative systems.

Via TED Talks:

“People often credit their ideas to individual “Eureka!” moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour takes us from the “liquid networks” of London’s coffee houses to Charles Darwin’s long, slow hunch to today’s high-velocity web.”

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Mentioned in the talk is Matt Ridley’s talk earlier on the same topic.


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23/09/2010 at 00:47

Ridley on the emergence of ideas

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The exchange of ideas creates  highly specialized system based on comparative advantage, community and collaboration. And highly specialized systems can only sustain via a collective brain – where individuals can create things they don’t understand. They are just the nodes, the neurons in this collective brain. And we are surely accelerating the rate of innovation – an innovation beyond our personal capabilities.

Via TED Talks:

“At TEDGlobal 2010, author Matt Ridley shows how, throughout history, the engine of human progress has been the meeting and mating of ideas to make new ideas. It’s not important how clever individuals are, he says; what really matters is how smart the collective brain is.”

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23/09/2010 at 00:41