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Listen to Mary Ann Sieghart and Matt Ridley discuss the influence of leaders in shaping our world

On BBC Radio 4’s “Start the Week”, veteran journalist Mary Ann Sieghart explores how far leaders and governments have shaped our world. She is joined by historian Tom Holland, archaeologist Barry Cunliffe, curator Julia Farley, and best-selling author Matt Ridley.

Drawing from his new book, “The Evolution of Everything” (2015), Matt Ridley dismisses the assumption that history has been made by those on high, whether in government, business or religion, and argues for a system of evolution in which ideas and events develop from the bottom up.

He gives the example of how things like the English language or the economy emerged – nobody invented it, nobody is in charge of it. Matt explains that these sorts of phenomena are all around us, and points to Scottish philosopher Adam Ferguson who attributes these achievements to collective human action, rather than human design.

Another example can be seen with the evolution of technology, which goes through a process of trial and error; if Thomas Edison died of an electric shock, we know that there were at least another 23 people who were close to inventing the lightbulb.

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Best-selling author Matt Ridley publishes “The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge”

Matt Ridley, the New York Times best-selling author of “The Rational Optimist”, has returned with a fascinating argument for evolution that aims to dispel a “dangerous, widespread myth: that we can command and control our world.”

His new book, “The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge” (HarperCollins, 2015) argues that humanity’s most important achievements develop from the bottom up, and counters conventional assumptions that major scientific and social imperatives are dictated by top-down authorities.

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

“What a superb writer he is, and he seems to get better and better.”
– Richard Dawkins, author of “The Selfish Gene”

“An ingenious study…thought-provoking…difficult to put down.”
Kirkus Reviews

Drawing on evidence from science, economics, history, politics and philosophy, Matt makes the case for evolution, rather than design, as the force that has shaped much of the culture, our technology and our minds, and that even now is shaping our future.

As compelling as it is controversial, and authoritative as it is ambitious, “The Evolution of Everything” will revolutionise the way you think about the world and how it works. Click here for more information.

For more information, or to book Matt Ridley as a speaker for your conference or event, please contact Alex Hickman at alex@chartwellspeakers.com or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8004.

NY Times best-selling author Matt Ridley to publish “The Evolution of Everything”

Matt Ridley is a best-selling author, scientist and columnist. A brilliant speaker on innovation and global trends, his forthcoming book, “The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge” (HarperCollins, September 2015), argues that humanity’s most important achievements develop from the bottom up, and counters conventional assumptions that major scientific and social imperatives are dictated by top-down authorities.

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

Matt is an expert speaker on how new ideas emerge. Click here to watch his TED talk on the subject, which now has over two million views.

For more information, or to book Matt Ridley as a speaker for your conference or event, please contact Alex Hickman at alex@chartwellspeakers.com or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8004.

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