Matt Ridley, author of the book The Rational Optimist sweeps the entire arc of human history to powerfully argue that “prosperity comes from everybody working for everybody else”. It’s our habit of trade, idea-sharing and specialization that has created the collective brain which set human living standards on a rising trend. In this TEDGlobal talk Ridley goes on to share how exactly humans have been bringing together their brains and their ideas to combine and recombine through out history, ultimately meeting and mating ideas to make new ones. And, that it is not important how clever we are as individuals but how smart the collective brain is.
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