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"Ridley writes with panache, wit, and humor and displays remarkable ingenuity in finding ways to present complicated materials for the lay reader." — Los. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Ideas have sex, in Ridley's schema; they follow a process of natural selection of their own, and as long as they. This content was uploaded by our users and we assume good faith they have the permission to share this book. If you own the copyright to this book and it is.
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Humanity's collective intelligence will save the day, just as it has over the centuries. Ridley puts current perceptions about violence, wealth, and the environment into historical perspective, reaching back thousands of years to advocate global free trade, smaller government, and the use of fossil fuels.
He confidently takes on the experts, from modern sociologists who fret over the current level of violence in the world to environmentalists who disdain genetically modified crops. An ambitious and sunny paean to human ingenuity, this is an argument for why ambitious optimism is morally mandatory.
All rights reserved. Science journalist Ridley believes there is a reason to be optimistic about the human race, and he defies the unprecedented economic pessimism he observes.
His book is about the rapid and continuous change that human society experiences, unlike any other animal group. Ridley believes it is probable that humanity will be better off in the next century than it is today, and so will the ecology of our planet.
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The world is not getting closer to its end. On the contrary, it has been much improved in terms of social and cultural developments in addition to the conditions of human life in general since mankind started recording history of own. This book by Matt Ridley is indeed a fresh breath of air that gives people of the world a beacon of truth.
This social collectivism, whether tacitly or unconsciously realized by doers, apperatins to synchronicity, a kind of inter-brain entrainment in which information based on experience is exchanged between individuals, which is also known as collective phenomenon. This collective intelligence is a vital essence of cultural evolution which results from selection by imitation of successful institutions and habits. It is this element of cumulative culture that makes us singularly different from beasts.
Since this social trait is innately preprogrammed in mankind, there is no inevitable end to specialization of efforts and talents that keeps this collective phenomenon going.
In fact, more jobs will be produced in more specialized areas contrary to brooding premonition that technology will push out manpower from work.
In sum, Ridley aims to enlighten readers about the necessities of changes as part of cultural evolution for the betterment of mankind and the world itself. In the human history, no other time period has produced the better living conditions and cultural developments than those we have now due to a continued cumulative cultural evolution, which links to the evolution of the origins by natural selection.
This book renders me a feeling that how wasteful it would be fretting about the uncertain and dark future that looks darker by popular theories of dysopic economic and social future. Just as Ridley will remain a steadfast rational optimist, I will continue to perform demands imposed upon daily tasks of life as a contribution to the orderliness and constancy of the world as m ancestors did because I know the world will not fall in calamity.
This is one of the top 2 books I've read about why humanity is at our current point, and what our future is likely to be.
This is the perfect companion to Guns Germs and Steel by Diamond. Diamond's book lays out the geographical, weather and biological reasons why food and other resources were concentrated enough to build up population density, which led to acceleration of civilization.
Ridley's book takes the next step: Why did some countries accelerate more rapidly e.
Ridley's answer is innovation and free trade. The most impressive parts of his book are 1 his clearly-stated thesis chapter-by-chapter; and 2 his meticulously-researched fact base to support his conclusions. These are important insights for political decisions, and I wish every voter would read this book. A great work which though maybe seen as over optimistic in our current environment of deep pessimism.
It did two things for me. One it showed that things have been even more dire in the past than now and that humankind always finds a way -- as long as exchange of things, services and ideas are allowed to continue. A great book worth its weight in gold. Paperback Verified download.
This book is a beautifully reasoned expalnation of what makes the human race different from the animals, how this leads to continuous innovation, and how, if we don't foul it up, which we surely still can , it can lead to a vastly more prosperous world for all of us particularly the parts that are now poor in the coming century.
Here, briefly, are a few of his central ideas, which are all supported by the evidence he presents. These work together to support his central thesis. Specialization is good. Trade is good and we are the only species that trades. Together, specialization and trade enable us to efficiently use our talents in the best way to get the best of what others produce. Self-sufficiency leads to poverty, because no one can master all of the skills and have all the tools necessary for anything above a subsistance living.
Cross-fertilization of ideas is necessary. Rarely if ever does one invent something entirely on his own. Inventions come from putting together ideas others have had in novel and unique ways. As a patent holder, I can attest to this. Use of energy from other than human beings is what allowed the effective end of slavery Yes,it still exists, but is criminal nearly everywhere.
The more compact the form of energy, the better for the environment. The higher the real per-capita income, the longer and better people live. In the next century, real growth will allow us to deal with any ill effects from global climate change, and lift Africa out of poverty, if we but act reasonably intelligently. I don't have the book in front of me just now, so I may have left something out. But I assure you, Matt Ridley did not. Get it, read it, and be sure to look at the graph at the beginning of each chapter.
You had better be up at the graduate level in economics, engineering and a few other disciplines, but if you are, this is a very informative analysis. It should be required reading for the staff of all politicians who would then translate for their boss into the comic book level version. Maybe we would avoid all the insanity we are exposed to these days.
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