Unthinking the good stuff

Sometimes you hear or see something which really surprises you – and makes you think hard about your existing frame of reference.  Take this which I heard on the radio the other day…

A scientist who takes his inspiration for new inventions/innovations from the animal world (sorry, I can’t recall his name) suggested that the received wisdom about the wheel being the greatest ever invention was fundamentally flawed.  The result he suggested of this flaw is that we have spent fortunes paving the world.  If we hadn’t invented the wheel but had spent our time developing transport that could cope with uneven ground (as animals can), we would have saved all that investment – and had much more flexible transport systems.

What other received wisdom has similar ‘flaws?  How can we unlearn and undevelop in ways that will create higher productivity?

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