Tuesday, June 01, 2010

The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves

In his new book "The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves," zoologist and science writer Matt Ridley systematically builds a case through copious data and countless studies that “the vast majority of people are much better fed, much better sheltered, much better entertained, much better protected against disease and much more likely to live to old age than their ancestors have ever been. The availability of almost everything a person could want or need has been going rapidly upwards for 200 years and erratically upwards for 10,000 years before that: years of lifespan, mouthfuls of clean water, lungfuls of clean air, hours of privacy, means of traveling faster than you can run, ways of communicating farther than you can shout,” and with more access to “calories, watts, lumen-hours, square feet, gigabytes, megahertz, light-years, nanometers, bushels per acre, miles per gallon, food miles, air miles, and of course dollars than any that went before.”

Book review from the Scientific American.


At 6/02/2010 9:00 AM, Blogger sethstorm said...

Well, it might be available, but that doesn't mean the quality is that much better.


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