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The Rational Optimist

Matt Ridley / L. J. Ganser
The Samuel Johnson Prize Shortlist Nominees 2011Over 10000 years ago there were fewer than 10 million people on the planet. Today there are more than six billion and 99 per cent of whom are better fed better sheltered better entertained and better protected against disease than their Stone Age ancestors.The availability of almost everything a person could want or need has been going erratically upwards for 10000 years and has rapidly accelerated over the last 200 years: calories; vitamins; clean water; machines; privacy; the means to travel faster than we can run and the ability to communicate over longer distances than we can shout. Yet bizarrely however much things improve from the way they were before people still cling to the belief that the future will be nothing but disastrous.In this original optimistic book Matt Ridley puts forward his surprisingly simple answer to how humans progress arguing that we progress when we trade and we only really trade productively when we trust each other.The Rational Optimist will do for economics what Genome did for genomics and will show that the answer to our problems imagined or real is to keep on doing what we've been doing for 10000 years - to keep on changing.©2010 HarperCollins Publishers (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

  • Published by HarperCollins UK
  • Fiction/Non-FictionNon Fiction
  • Genre History
  • Target Audience Adult
  • Released 27th May 2010
  • Duration 13 Hrs. 37 Mins.
  • ISBN 9780007367238