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).

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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.

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