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D.O.W.N.L.O.A.D The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves [F.u.l.l Books]
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A counterblast to the prevailing pessimism of our age, and proves, however much we like to think to the contrary, that things are getting better. Over 10, years ago there were fewer than 10 million people on the planet. Today there are more than 6 billion, 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 10, years and has rapidly accelerated over the last 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 10, years -- to keep on changing.
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The book primarily focuses on the benefits of the innate human tendency to trade goods and services. Ridley argues that this trait, together with the specialization linked to it, is the source of modern human civilization, and that, as people increasingly specialize in their skill sets, we will have increased trade and more prosperity. Bill Gates praised the book for critiquing opposition to international aid, but criticised the book for under-representing global catastrophic risks. David Papineau praised the book for refuting "doomsayers who insist that everything is going from bad to worse". George Monbiot criticised the book in his Guardian column. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Economist.