The Rational Optimist
How Prosperity Evolves
Contrarian Matt Ridley says to send your inner pessimist packing – life is getting better.
Send your inner pessimist packing – along with organic crops and ethanol. That’s the contrarian message of Matt Ridley’s insightful, entertaining look at humankind’s steady progress over the millennia. Ridley dips into biology and economics to support his case that life is good and getting better. His wide-ranging look at humanity’s past and future makes it clear that those who long for the good old days just don’t realize how rugged hunting and gathering or medieval medical care must have been. Ridley meanders at times, yet, as the title suggests, his book offers a fundamentally optimistic analysis of humankind’s ability to solve the planet’s problems, even now. It’s a thought-provoking analysis of contemporary issues doesn’t hew to conventional wisdom.
About the Author
Matt Ridley has sold more than 800,000 copies of his books about evolution, genetics and society. He is the author of Genome, The Agile Gene and The Origins of Virtue.
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Ridley shows...and quantitatively documents...that by nearly EVERY metric...life is better for the vast majority of us than it has been for virtually anyone on the planet in earlier times. Be those times fifty years ago, five hundred, five thousand, or 5 hundred thousand. We are living in the middle of the "golden age" dreamed of for centuries, and most of us are so wrapped in our own problems that we don't realize this amazing fact. Along with Diamandes's "Abundance" , "The Rational Optimist" is highly recommended.