Hello again reddit, this is Matt Ridley—biologist, science writer, peer in the Parliament of the United Kingdom, newspaper columnist, and author of The Rational Optimist and How Innovation Works. Please ask me (nearly) anything!
Thank you so much for all the great questions back in February.
My new book How Innovation Works just came out Tuesday, so I'd love to tell stories about innovation today--I believe it's a bottom up process that cannot be predicted, and flourishes in freedom--but you're free to ask me about anything else as well, including the 2011 film Rampart. My marketing helper tells me you love that movie?
I’m also known for my TED talk “When ideas have sex” which has been viewed several million times, my other seven books on science and politics/economics, writing for The Times and The Wall Street Journal, editing at The Economist, and perhaps most importantly my Ph.D thesis on bird behaviour!
I'll be back around 12:15pm ET / 1715 BST to ask questions for at least an hour, and if it's OK, will PM a couple of you about helping me to get rid of these last two signed copies of the new book I have left.
Edit 1:25pm ET: OK, signing off now. Winners will be messaged shortly. Thank you so much for all the wonderful questions yet again, reddit! Keep in touch.