Notes on “Slow Ideas” » Open@VT
pyoung's bookmarks 2013-07-31
Atul Gawande’s recent essay in the New Yorker, “Slow Ideas,” begins with this sentence:
Why do some innovations spread so swiftly and others so slowly?
It’s a fascinating exploration of the profoundly different takeup speed of anesthesia (fast) versus antiseptic practices (slow), and moves into recent experiences with the latter in improving birth outcomes in the developing world.Open access, it seems to me, is also a slow idea.