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Dr Pangloss: the ideas hothouse

By Brian Eno   June 2010

In 1865 Gregor Mendel presented his groundbreaking work on plant hybridisation to the Brunn Natural History Society… and for the next 35 years, nothing happened. When it was finally rediscovered in the early 20th century, it became the basis of the science of genetics.

What impresses me about this story is the 35 years of neglect. Could such a big idea go unnoticed for so long now? I really doubt it.

We’re witnessing an ever-increasing fluidity of knowledge, which moves more easily and quickly than…

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