When a Great Idea strikes out of the blue, it is tied in some metaphysical way to all that effort we’ve put in day after day churning through a mass of mundane notions.
Wonderful meditation on why “the best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas” by Scott Myers over at Go Into The Story, which is invariably excellent.
This notion was perhaps best articulated by iconic graphic designer Paula Scher, and powerfully intimated by 20-year-old Hunter S. Thompson. Or, as artist Austin Kleon put it, “you are a mashup of what you let into your life.”(via explore-blog)
In other words, the gene-centric model survives because simplicity is a hugely advantageous trait for an idea to possess. People will select a simple idea over a complex idea almost every time. This holds especially in a hostile environment, like, say, a sceptical crowd. For example, Sean B Carroll, professor of molecular biology and genetics at the University of Wisconsin, spends much of his time studying gene expression, but usually uses gene-centric explanations, because when talking to the public, he finds a simple story is a damned good thing to have.
When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.