Someone recently pointed me to David Deutsch's fascinating new book The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World, which addresses the nature and evolution of human knowledge. Deutsch explores subjects form artificial intelligence to the evolution of culture and creativity.
While looking into Deutsch, I discovered one of his old TED talks.
For tens of thousands of years our ancestors understood the world through myths, and the pace of change was glacial. The rise of scientific understanding transformed the world within a few centuries. Why? Physicist David Deutsch proposes a subtle answer.
The Beginning of Infinity is a follow up to his previous book The Fabric of Reality: The Science of Parallel Universes and Its Implications. Neither are easy reads but if you don't like them you can always pass them off to a smarter friend.