“To many of us, the desire to bring order to chaos – to tidy up our kids’ toys, organize an overstuffed closet, or rake the leaves covering the lawn – can be nearly irresistible. And it’s a desire that extends to other aspects of our lives: Managers tell employees to get organized; politicians are elected on promises to clean up Washington. And so on.”
But economist and writer Tim Harford thinks we’re underestimating the value of disorder. In this episode he talks about the main ideas from his new book, Messy, and how an embrace of chaos is beneficial to musicians, speechmakers, politicians – and the rest of us.
Hosted by Shankar Vedantam and produced by Maggie Penman, Jennifer Schmidt and Renee Klahr. Supervising producer is Tara Boyle.