Physicist Geoffrey West has found that simple, mathematical laws govern the properties of cities — that wealth, crime rate, walking speed and many other aspects of a city can be deduced from a single number: the city’s population. In this mind-bending talk from TEDGlobal he shows how it works and how similar laws hold for organisms and corporations.
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It’s another Ted talk from Steven Pinker, this time focusing on the subject matter of his book The Blank Slate.
"The creative human intelligence which personified a mouse and called him Mickey is the exact same creative intelligence which personified a universe and called him God"