Saturday, May 22, 2010

Here we go again ...

... Humans: Why They Triumphed. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

The answer lies in a new idea, borrowed from economics, known as collective intelligence: the notion that what determines the inventiveness and rate of cultural change of a population is the amount of interaction between individuals. Even as it explains very old patterns in prehistory, this idea holds out hope that the human race will prosper mightily in the years ahead—because ideas are having sex with each other as never before.

Is it really the answer, or just a proposed answer couched in terms of a popular frame of reference?

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