Crisis Antidote – The Rational Optimist

Take a break from the doom and gloom of the credit crunch with Matt Ridley’s talk on his excellent upbeat book “The Rational Optimist – How Prosperity Evolves”, time to take a step back and appreciate just how lucky those of us alive today really are.

Per the blurb for the talk –

Matt Ridley, bestselling author of The Red Queen, Nature via Nurture, and other books, tells the story of human cultural and economic evolution in his latest work, The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves. Combining the best of economics and biology, he explains both the “how” and “why” of the amazing (and recent) explosion in worldwide human well-being. Against the pessimism of many of today’s intellectuals and commentators, Ridley presents a compelling case for why progress will continue, but only if cultural evolution is allowed to develop in the direction of more contact, trade, and openness between people.

No bio, some books worth reading – The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves – Matt Ridley .

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