May 26, 2020 • 1HR 3M

Ridley Returns

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In “The Remnant," Jonah Goldberg, the founder and editor-in-chief of The Dispatch, syndicated columnist, best-selling author, and AEI/NRI Fellow enlists a “Cannonball Run”-style cast of stars, has-beens, and never-weres to address the most pressing issues of the day and of all-time. Is Western Civilization doomed? Is nationalism the wave of the future? Is the Pope Catholic? Will they ever find a new place to put cheese on a pizza? Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? Who is hotter: Ginger or Mary-Ann? Was Plato really endorsing the Republic as the ideal state? Mixing history, pop culture, rank-punditry, political philosophy, and, at times, shameless book-plugging, Goldberg and guests will have the kinds of conversations we wish they had on cable-TV shout shows. And the nudity will (almost) always be tasteful.
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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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