15 Dec '11, 10pm

Is the Web Selecting for Copiers Over Creators?

Is the Web Selecting for Copiers Over Creators? By ANDREW C. REVKIN The Edge.org Web site of the intellectual impressario and literary agent John Brockman is once again offering provocative fare, this time a hypothesis from Mark D. Pagel about a big potential downside of humanity’s fast-expanding interconnectedness. Pagel, who heads the Evolution Laboratory at the University of Reading, is the editor-in-chief of the “Oxford Encyclopedia of Evolution ” and author of the forthcoming “Wired for Culture: Origins of the Human Social Mind .” In a video chat (above) recorded for Edge, he explores the main points of the book, including this one: A tiny number of ideas can go a long way, as we’ve seen. And the Internet makes that more and more likely. What’s happening is that we might, in fact, be at a time in our history where we’re being domesticated by these great big societal t...

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