Last time Matt Ridley was on, Jonah was left with so many questions that he knew he had to get him on again in short order. So he’s here again to answer more questions on the themes of his new book, How Innovation Works. Matt talks about how bureaucracy gets in the way of innovation, not by saying no to innovators, but “by saying yes too slowly,” and presents the one bit of scientific wisdom he would pass on to a future civilization. Come for the enlightenment, stay for the LED lightbulb.

 

Show Notes:

Matt’s new book, How Innovation Works; tell us on social media if you buy it!

John Nestor’s wild ride

Matt Ridley: speed up bureaucratic decision making

Thomas Young, The Last Man Who Knew Everything

Britain’s proud history of… water abstraction reform?

Innocentive: an innovation crowdsourcing platform

Pill cameras

Anton Howes’ blog

Jonah’s piece on the RadioLab debacle

Lucretius: De Rerum Natura

Steven Pinker: what scientific concept ought to be more widely known?

Jevons Paradox

The 1890 Russian Flu pandemic

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