The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge
Harper Collins, 2015
The way human history is taught is misleading, argues Matt Ridley. Far too much emphasis is placed on the "top-down twitch" — the belief that change comes from on high: the politicians who run countries, scientists who discover truths, inventors who make breakthroughs, men and women who head companies. In fact, Ridley says, bottom-up progress through evolution is far more crucial. From the natural forces that formed the universe and human life itself to the cultural mechanisms that have shaped everything from our educational system and global financial structure, to the products we buy and the language we speak, "evolution is far more common, and far more influential, than most people recognize."