Woe Unto the Sayers of Doom

“Forget wars, religions, famines and poems for the moment.. This is history’s greatest theme: the metastasis of exchange, specialization and the invention it has called forth, the ‘creation’ of time.”
— Matt Ridley

“The modern world is a history of ideas meeting, mixing, mating and mutating. And the reason that economic growth has accelerated so in the past two centuries is down to the fact that ideas have been mixing more than ever before.”
— Matt Ridley

“We cannot absolutely prove that those are in error who tell us that society has reached a turning point, that we have seen our best days. But so said all who came before us and with just as much apparent reason”
— Thomas Babington Macaulay

In the New York Times, John Tierney offers a solid review of Matt Ridley’s The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves.

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Published in: on May 21, 2010 at 4:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

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