Deep Optimism About Today and Tomorrow

Matt Ridley spoke in March 2011 at the Long Now FoundMatt Ridley spoke in March 2011 at the Long Now Foundation. Dr Ridley was the science editor for the Economist and has written several books. The latest is The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves..

Ridley makes compelling arguments that for me made sense, and for the first time I could see how economics, evolution, and ecology fit together. Economics is primarily the study of incentives. Ecology and evolution are the results of incentives.

This video is 100 minutes, and well worth the time. If you would prefer a podcast, the Long Now Foundation has them on iTunes.


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ation. Dr Ridley was the science editor for the Economist and has written several books. The latest is The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves..

Ridley makes compelling arguments that for me made sense, and for the first time I could see how economics, evolution, and ecology fit together. Economics is primarily the study of incentives. Ecology and evolution are the results of incentives.

This video is 100 minutes, and well worth the time. If you would prefer a podcast, the Long Now Foundation has them on iTunes.



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Matt Ridley – A Rational Optimist

Last April I posted about how the earth had improved since the first Earth Day. At the end of the post is a poll about whether, after reading the post, the reader was optimistic, pessimistic, or ambivalent about the future. Overwhelmingly, people were (and apparently, are) pessimistic about the future of the earth. Matt Ridley, a former science writer for the Economist, has written a book, The Rational Optimist, saying that this overwrought litany of doom is misplaced because our ideas “have sex.”

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