Mark Pagel on "Infinite Stupidity"

Submitted on December 15, 2011 - 21:27

Every so often, people quote Albert Eistein saying "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the first".  In this EDGE video, Mark Pagel illustrates how right, or wrong, Einstein was, and how that have changed since the arrival of Facebook, Twitter, and other Internet-based tools and platforms. 

His point is the following: real innovators have been scarce through the history of humanity, but something has happened during the last decades: some ideas go a long way through the Internet. Nowadays, someone with Internet access, time, some money and rough ideas can go a long way to "pose" as innovators.  Furthermore, nowadays, "copiers" can appear to be more creative than innovators just because they choose to post someone else's idea on the web.

There is an interesting point about his perspective: information + social media affect people's perception of reality.  Just remember: on October 30, 1938, CBS broadcasted the War of the Worlds, directed and narrated by Orson Wells, creating massive hysteria and panic.  If that happened with radio, what do you think can happen in the age of the Internet, digital photography, video and photoshop? 

Just some food for thought.

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