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Riassunto: Matt Ridley, acclaimed author of the classics Genome and Nature via Nurture, turns from investigating human nature to investigating human progress. In The Rational Optimist Ridley offers a counterblast to the prevailing pessimism of our age, and proves, however much we like to think to the contrary, that things are getting better. Over 10,000 years ago there were fewer than 10 million people on the planet. Today there are more than 6 billion, 99 per cent of whom are better fed, better sheltered, better entertained and better protected against disease than their Stone Age ancestors. The availability of almost everything a person could want or need has been going erratically upwards for 10,000 years and has rapidly accelerated over the last 200 years: calories; vitamins; clean water; machines; privacy; the means to travel faster than we can run, and the ability to communicate over longer distances than we can shout. Yet, bizarrely, however much things improve from the way they were before, people still cling to the belief that the future will be nothing but disastrous. In this original, optimistic book, Matt Ridley puts forward his surprisingly simple answer to how humans progress, arguing that we progress when we trade and we only really trade productively when we trust each other. The Rational Optimist will do for economics what Genome did for genomics and will show that the answer to our problems, imagined or real, is to keep on doing what we've been doing for 10,000 years -- to keep on changing.
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For two hundred years the pessimists have dominated public discourse, insisting that things will soon be getting much worse. But in fact, life is getting better?and at an accelerating rate. Food availability, income, and life span are up; disease, child mortality, and violence are down all across the globe. Africa is following Asia out of poverty; the Internet, the mobile phone, and container shipping are enriching people's lives as never before.
In his bold and bracing exploration into how human culture evolves positively through exchange and specialization, bestselling author Matt Ridley does more than describe how things are getting better. He explains why. An astute, refreshing, and revelatory work that covers the entire sweep of human history?from the Stone Age to the Internet?The Rational Optimist will change your way of thinking about the world for the better.
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Descrizione libro HarperCollins. Paperback. Condizione libro: Very Good. Light wear to edges and pages. Cover and spine show no easily noticeable damage. Codice libro della libreria G0007378904I4N00
Descrizione libro Fourth Estate, London, 2010. Condizione libro: Good. N/A (illustratore). First. PB 1st GB Ed. See my pic. 23.3 x 15.4cm. 438 pages. Covers human history from the Stone Age to the internet. From the stagnation of the Ming empire to the likely consequences of climate change. From this sweep of history, it appears that life is getting better at an accelerating rate. Food availability, income & lifespan are up. Disease, child mortality & violence are down all across the globe. Condition: Book has slight lean. Slight wear cover corners. Few page corner tips curled or folded. In the main, little wear, tight binding, good colour. Codice libro della libreria 001292
Descrizione libro Fourth Estate, London, 2010. 1st p/b ed.. Paperback thick octavo, very good condition, few tiny dents front cover, pages faintly toned, covers little creased, minor edgewear, sticker mark front cover. 438 pp. Describes and then explains why human society is getting better. The book covers human history, from the Stone Age to the internet, from the stagnation of the Ming empire to the invention of the steam engine, and the recent population explosion to climate change. Codice libro della libreria 28635
Descrizione libro HarperCollins Publishers, 2010. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Brand New Book. Shipping: Once your order has been confirmed and payment received, your order will then be processed. The book will be located by our staff, packaged and despatched to you as quickly as possible. From time to time, items get mislaid en route. If your item fails to arrive, please contact us first. We will endeavour to trace the item for you and where necessary, replace or refund the item. Please do not leave negative feedback without contacting us first. All orders will be dispatched within two working days. If you have any quesions please contact us. Codice libro della libreria V9780007378906
Descrizione libro HarperCollins Publishers. see description. Condizione libro: New. AUTHOR: Ridley, Matt. PUBLISHER: HarperCollins Publishers. FORMAT: Paperback. DATE: 27/05/2010. EAN : 9780007378906. Codice libro della libreria RS-158846