Here’s a quick post to help reinforce this concept of the Adjacent Possible.
There have been many times in history where people have discovered the same thing at the same time, independently: the first electrical battery; sun spots; the law of the conservation of energy; the telephone, telegraph, radio. Johnson’s list goes on and on (sort of…that’s actually a majority of his examples). But the point is made. In general, we all have access to the same information and same tools, and those two things define the space that is the Adjacent Possible.
We’re all knocking on the same doors.