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The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves

Key insights from Matt Ridley's

The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves


Key insights from Matt Ridley's

The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves

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The future looks bright, and hope for human progress — far from being wishful thinking — is completely rational.

For all the ways humans are imperfect, there are even more reasons to celebrate the story of humanity — what the story has been and where it is going. Contrary to the idea that humanity has peaked and is approaching a looming crisis, the evidence suggests that human progress has only just begun. A clear-eyed look at history dispels the idea that optimism is for fools. Indeed, optimism is simply a rational attitude if you know the facts.

Read this Snapshot if you:

  • Are concerned for the future of humanity.
  • Are sick of all the doomsaying and want reasons to feel optimistic about humans and their place on earth.
  • Are looking for a robust defense of the effects of the free market on the world.
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Introduction

The root cause of human evolution is the same thing that has brought about the gifts of all other animals: sex. But whereas sex and mutation have improved animals through genetic natural selection, it is sex between ideas that has changed human culture across time, creating a level of society never before seen on earth. Ideas, like our literal offspring, compete and self-select in a truly Darwinian way, and as they evolve, so do we.

In the spirit of celebrating self-selection as evolution, the next thing to celebrate is the mutation of free markets. It is capitalism that...

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