Edison holding a lightbulb
Edison holding a lightbulb

We forget that for most of human history, innovation didn’t come from free markets, but from whatever was the closest largesse, whether it was for the glory of the Crown or Church, or sponsored by a local warlord or rich patron. The notion that there is some unannounced prize sitting on the marketplace that will magically draw, like an invisible hand, the great ideas from aspiring entrepreneurs, is a relatively new concept and should be treated as such.

Even looking at recent human history, we find shifting centers of gravity for innovation. The 1990s, for example, was the first era of big tech I.P.O.s. For instance, Netscape went public in 1995 and became worth three billion dollars at the end of its first day of trading. By the end of that year, it was worth nine billion. …


Stack of books with a hole arranged in it
Stack of books with a hole arranged in it
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Self-help books represent the next step in the evolution of our collective consciousness. It might sound like a stretch, but if we consider that religion was once how society told its story to itself, then the recent erosion of religion is creating a new kind of story.

Norm-gatherers

Believers often defend religion with this rhetorical question: Without religion, how will people know right from wrong? …


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A painting of a Titanomachy (i.e. clash of titans)

“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme” — unknown

Both conspiracy theorists and Marxists share a flawed viewed of history, of “us versus them.” …

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Philip Dhingra

Author of Dear Hannah, a cautionary tale about self-improvement. Learn more: philipkd.com

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