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Nov 27, 2015

Show 1381 The Evolution of Everything- How New Ideas Emerge by Matt Ridley

This ACU show consists of two interviews of the author.

Segment 1From The Tom Woods Show. Episode 533  The Separation of Science and State

Matt Ridley returns to the show to argue against the overwhelmingly dominant view that science requires government subsidy. 

About the Guest- Matt Ridley’s books have sold over a million copies, been translated into 30 languages, been short-listed for nine major literary prizes and won several awards. With BA and DPhil degrees from Oxford University, Ridley worked for The Economist for nine years as science editor, Washington correspondent and American editor, before becoming a self-employed writer and businessman. He founded the Mind and Matter column in the Wall Street Journal and is a weekly columnist for The Times.

As Viscount Ridley, he was elected to the House of Lords in February 2013. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Book Discussed

The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge, by Matt Ridley


Article Discussed

“The Myth of Basic Science,” by Matt Ridley


Book Mentioned

The Economic Laws of Scientific Research, by Terence Kealey


Guest’s Website


Guest’s Twitter



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The Tom Woods Show episode 333- Could There Have Been an Internet Without the State? (Richard Bennett)


Previous Appearance

Ep. 409 The Doomsayers Are Wrong, As Usual


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Segment 2- Merryn Somerset Webb talks to author, peer and ex-banker Matt Ridley on Moneyweek.