Cities Are Innovative Because They Tolerate Crazy People

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In contrast to companies, cities generate more Innovation per capita the larger they are because they “tolerate crazy people”Geoffrey West, quoted in Brand (2011).


This is because Irrational behaviour is adaptive in stochastic environments – in the long run, there is a Selection pressure to keep “crazy” beliefs in the mix for a population to stay adaptive, i.e. rational.