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The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves

3 Ratings: 4.3
A book by Matt Ridley

Ideas have sex, in Ridley's schema; they follow a process of natural selection of their own, and as long as they continue to do so, there is reason to retire apocalyptic pessimism about the future of our species. Erstwhile zoologist, conservationist, … see full wiki

Author: Matt Ridley
Genre: History, Science
Publisher: Harper
Date Published: May 18, 2010
3 reviews about The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves
review by . October 11, 2010
A Real Eye-Opener
The Rational Optimist is a self-described contrarian view of the economy and economic development, from prehistory until now. Author Matt Ridley is unabashedly optimistic about the future of humanity and makes a credible case for his view that humans will continue to progress throughout the 21st century, sustainability challenges notwithstanding. He refutes pessimists who believe that that the planet cannot support more humans than it already has by asserting that economic progress will continue …
review by . July 09, 2010
Matt Ridley has done it. He has written a book that takes a realist's approach at looking toward the future. His findings... it's a heck of a lot better than people are predicting.      True Story. On a recent flight I had the misfortune of sitting next to a white knuckle anarchist. I decided that talking to him during the flight was probably the best way to keep me free from wearing vomit. The anarchist would make statements like, "anyone who can not feed their …
review by . August 05, 2010
If you don't already believe that we now live in the most prosperous era in human history, The Rational Optimist should convince you. Every generation before us lived shorter, harder lives, with more dangers and fewer freedoms. And things will almost certainly keep getting better and better, as the market continues to support further innovation and specialization.    Ridley argues this point exhaustively with a constant stream of numbers and factoids. Indeed, the book's broad …
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