Sources of Innovation

Interesting column in today’s NYT by Steven Johnson discussing his book “Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation“.  He describes four quadrants: The class solo entrepreneur The amateur individual The private corporation Collaborative nonproprietary innovation He analysed 300 influential ideas and concludes that the fourth quadrant is the most productive, which fits […]

Conservatives and Boundaries

I have pondered the psychology of politics for many years.  I first concluded that fear was the defining difference: conservatives carry guns, live in gated communities, want controlled borders, support law and order and drive SUVs that feel safer.  But liberals must have their own set of fears, which I saw as complementary: fear of […]