Matt Ridley: Evolutionist, Thatcherite, and Writer

Razib Khan’s Unsupervised Learning | 18 March 2021 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley about his 1999 book Genome and how its insights on genomics have held up since. Touches on his other books and discusses the relevance of evolution to everything, why Francis Crick is going to get “cancelled” at some point, if he’s still a happy Thatcherite, Britain’s response to Covid-19; and the origin of Covid-19 (his next book project).

Matt Ridley: Infinite Innovation

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish | 23 March 2021 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley discussing writing books about science, the age-old battle between viruses and humans, rational optimism, the difference between innovation and invention, the role of trial and error and the effects of social media on seeing others’ points of view.

Matt Ridley: Rational Optimism

The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast | 31 January 2021 | 1h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley about ideas from his books The Origins of Virtue, The Rational Optimist, and How Innovation Works. Discusses economic optimism, trade through the reciprocity of nations, enlightened self-interest, how virtue relates to trade, feeding nine billion people, the triumphs of cities, escape of Malthusian population trap, and more.

Bjorn Lomborg and Matt Ridley on Climate Change

Best of the Spectator | 25 August 2020 | 0h 22m | Listen Later | iTunes
Best of the Spectator | 1 September 2020 | 0h 22m | Listen Later | iTunes
Best of the Spectator | 8 September 2020 | 0h 24m | Listen Later | iTunes
Three-part miniseries with Bjorn Lomborg and Matt Ridley on climate change. Discusses (1) how to conduct a calmer conversation about climate change; (2) whether human innovation can stop climate change, or merely manage and delay the challenges it poses; and (3) sets out the trade-offs involved with a green agenda, especially for the poor. Argues that while climate change is important, solving it shouldn’t come above all else.

Matt Ridley on How Innovation Works

EconTalk | 31 August 2020 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley about his book How Innovation Works. Ridley argues that we give too much credit to inventors and not enough to innovators – those who refine and improve an invention to make it valuable to users. Along the way, he emphasizes the power of trial and error and the importance of permissionless innovation.

This is the fourth episode I’ve posted with Matt Ridley about How Innovation Works. It’s a fantastic book, by my favourite author, interviewed here by my favourite podcaster.

Matt Ridley: How Innovation Works

Naval | 9 July 2020 | 0h 29m | Listen Later | iTunes
Naval | 15 July 2020 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Enthralling two-piece conversation between Naval Ravikant and Matt Ridley about Ridley’s book How Innovation Works.

How Innovation Works, with Matt Ridley

Uncommon Knowledge | 19 May 2020 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley about his book, How Innovation Works, which argues that we need to change the way we think about innovation, to see it as an incremental, bottom-up, fortuitous process that happens to society as a direct result of the human habit of exchange, rather than as an orderly, top-down process developing according to a plan. Ridley also discusses the covid-19 crisis, that China has the low-level freedoms necessary for innovation, and predicts what the world might look like in 2050.

Matt Ridley – How Innovation Works

Five Good Questions Podcast | 20 March 2020 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley about his book How Innovation Works. Discusses the most important event in human history, innovation lessons from the history of how we light our homes, whether debt allows us to pull innovation from the future, lessons from past epidemics for dealing with covid-19, and whether science is now too complex for gentlemen science.