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Matt Ridley, Rational Optimist

The meeting I’m really looking forward to next Tuesday is the annual Adam Smith Lecture which this year is being given by Matt Ridley.  It’s on Tues 13th in St Stephen’s Club, Westminster.  Matt Ridley is the author of “The Rational Optimist” in addition to being well-known as a science writer, and provides a healthy antidote to the dark forces of gloom-mongering. The blurb for his book points out that:

We are wealthier, healthier, happier, kinder, cleaner, more peaceful, more equal and longer-lived than any previous generation. Thanks to the unique human habits of exchange and specialization, our species has found innovative solutions to every obstacle it has faced so far.

I greatly enjoyed it, and often recommend others to read it.

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