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The Evolution of Everything
Author: Matt Ridley

ISBN: 9780007542499
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1 October 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 3.2
Description:
We are taught that the world is a top-down place. Acclaimed author, Matt Ridley, shows just how wrong this is in his compelling new book. We are taught that the world is a top-down place. Generals win battles; politicians run countries; scientists discover truths; artists create genres; inventors make breakthroughs; teachers shape minds; philosophers change minds; priests teach morality; businessmen lead businesses; environmentalists save the planet. Not just individuals, but institutions too: Goldman Sachs, the Communist Party, the Catholic Church, Al Qaeda – these are said to shape the world.This is more often wrong than right. ‘The Evolution of Everything' is about bottom-up order and its enemy, the top-down twitch, the endless fascination human beings have for design rather than evolution, for direction rather than emergence. Top downery is the source of most of our worst problems in the past – why Hitler won an election, why the sub-prime bubble happened, why Africa lingered in poverty when Asia did not, why the euro is a disaster – and will be the scourge of this century too.And although we neglect, defy and ignore them, bottom-up trends still shape the world. The gr...

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