Today we listen to a talk from June 23rd, 2010 by Matt Ridley author of "The Rational Optimist".
In this clear-sighted book, Matt Ridley demonstrates that the world is getting better, and at an accelerating rate: food, income and lifespan are up; disease, child mortality and violence are down all across the globe.
The pessimists who dominate public discourse insist that we will soon reach a turning point and things will start to get worse. But they have been saying this for 200 years.
It ends with a confident assertion that, thanks to the ceaseless capacity of the human race for innovative change and despite inevitable disasters along the way, the twenty-first century will see both human prosperity and natural biodiversity greatly improved.
Photo of Matt Ridley by John Watson (http://johnwatsonphotography.co.uk/)
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