Ideas From Matt Ridley’s TED Talk On When Ideas Have Sex

In this 30 second PAREable, discover how ideas evolution have similar characteristics as biological evolution.


  • Understanding how ideas have sex, it’s a process of how human beings bring together their brains and enable their ideas to combine and recombine, to meet and mate.
  • Biological evolution does cumulative and combinatorial things through sex. Sex enables the individual to draw upon the genetic innovations of the whole species.
  • Through exchange and specialization of technology, we can actually do things that are beyond our capabilities.
  • What’s relevant to a society is how well people are communicating their ideas, and how well they’re cooperating.
  • It’s the interchange of ideas, the meeting and mating of ideas between them that’s causing technological progress.

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