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The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge
By Steven Crossley (narrator) and Matt Ridley
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Blackstone Audio Inc
Publication date October 27, 2015
Binding CD/Spoken Word
Edition Unabridged
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781504645768
ISBN-10 1504645766
Dimensions 1.25 by 5.25 by 5.75 in.
Weight 0.65 lbs.
Original list price $39.99
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: The New York Times bestselling 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 for design rather than evolution, for 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. Just as skeins of geese form Vs in the sky without meaning to, and termites build mud cathedrals without architects, so brains take shape without brain-makers, learning can happen without teaching and morality changes without a plan.

Although we neglect, defy and ignore them, bottom-up trends shape the world. The growth of technology, the sanitation-driven health revolution, the quadrupling of farm yields so that more land can be released for nature -- these were largely emergent phenomena, as were the Internet, the mobile phone revolution, and the rise of Asia. Ridley demolishes the arguments for design and effectively makes the case for evolution in the universe, morality, genes, the economy, culture, technology, the mind, personality, population, education, history, government, God, money, and the future.

As compelling as it is controversial, authoritative as it is ambitious, Ridley's stunning perspective will revolutionize the way we think about our world and how it works.



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Hardcover
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from Harpercollins (October 27, 2015)
9780062296009 | details & prices | 360 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.50 in. | 1.14 lbs | List price $28.99
About: The New York Times bestselling 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.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780062296016
 
from Perennial (October 25, 2016)
9780062296016 | details & prices | 368 pages | List price $16.99
About: Human society evolves.
CD/Spoken Word
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With Steven Crossley (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (October 27, 2015)
9781504645768 | details & prices | 5.25 × 5.75 × 1.25 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $39.99
About: The New York Times bestselling 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.

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