#Idea – The Importance of ‘Darwinian Selection for Ideas’ / 24.10.20

In a free(er/ish) society, ideas go through something of a process of Darwinian selection. Ideas are ‘stress tested’ by free and open debate.

The process can be rough, but is necessary in order for bad ideas to be tested and weeded out (…at least in theory).

If ideas and dialogue are suppressed, this process can be interrupted. Unchallenged ideas may slip the net.

Like what happens when a powerful person is surrounded entirely by ‘yes men’, becoming increasingly disconnected from reality. Remember the allegory of the emperor with no clothes?

This is just one of the many reasons we should keep an eye on the state of free speech.

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