Book Recommendation: The Evolution of Everything

Just finished listening to The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge by Matt Ridley.  This book had been on my Audible wishlist for quite some time but its 13 hours and 9 minutes and I just figured it was probably going to be a book that I’d rather sit down and read rather than listen too so I kept jumping over it in my queue.  Finally downloaded it in December and it is an INCREDIBLE read/listen.

In fact, it was so good I got through it in just two days on a long car trip, listening to it mostly at 1.25-1.5X speed on audible’s app.  (Usually, if the book is about science/physics/biology I tend to read them rather than listen to them but Matt Ridley can really write well for the average person and the book isn’t as dense as I’d feared.)

Highly recommended for anyone that would like to better understand why the world is the way it is, and it may challenge some assumptions you had.  It did for me.

My favorite short review of it on Amazon just simply wrote, about the author “an awesome egghead, yet writes for real humans”.  Yes, LOL #NailedIt

Anyway, check out the Amazon Reviews if you’d like to know more but the Publisher’s summary is pretty spot on:

“The New York Times best-selling author of The Rational Optimist and Genome returns with a fascinating, brilliant argument for evolution that definitively dispels a dangerous, widespread myth: that we can command and control our world.

The Evolution of Everything is about bottom-up order and its enemy, the top-down twitch – the endless fascination human beings have with design rather than evolution, with direction rather than emergence. Drawing on anecdotes from science, economics, history, politics, and philosophy, Matt Ridley’s wide-ranging, highly opinionated opus demolishes conventional assumptions that major scientific and social imperatives are dictated by those on high, whether in government, business, academia, or morality. On the contrary, our most important achievements develop from the bottom up. Patterns emerge, trends evolve.”


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