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    Life is getting better at an accelerating rate. Food availability, income, and life span are up; disease, child mortality, and violence are down all across the globe. Though the world is far from perfect, necessities and luxuries alike are getting cheaper; population growth is slowing; Africa is following Asia out of poverty; the Internet, the mobile phone, and container shipping are enriching people's lives as never before.

    The pessimists who dominate public discourse insist that we will soon reach a turning point and things will start to get worse. But they have been saying this for 200 years.

    Yet Matt Ridley does more than describe how things are getting better. He explains why. Prosperity comes from everybody working for everybody else. The habit of exchange and specialization, which started more than 100,000 years ago, has created a collective brain that sets human living standards on a rising trend. The mutual dependence, trust, and sharing that result are causes for hope, not despair.

    This bold book covers the entire sweep of human history, from the Stone Age to the Internet, from the stagnation of the Ming empire to the invention of the steam engine, from the population explosion to the likely consequences of climate change. It ends with a confident assertion that thanks to the ceaseless capacity of the human race for innovative change, and despite inevitable disasters along the way, the 21st century will see both human prosperity and natural biodiversity enhanced. Acute, refreshing, and revelatory, The Rational Optimist will change your way of thinking about the world for the better.

    ©2010 Matt Ridley (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Makes the same mistakes as the pessimistic books

    I listened to this audiobook to broaden my perspective on topics like economics and climate change. I read other books to these topics before and most of them were pretty pessimistic about the future if no drastic change would happen very soon. So I was open and happy to here some brighter predictions for the future. But. This book makes the same mistakes most of the books about these topics make. Fail to give a real overview and a brought image without falling into preaching some agendas. Either everything conservatives say is wrong and we have to change everything or the world will go downhill or everything environmentalists say is wrong we are better than ever all because of fossil fuels and capitalism. Trust the system and keep calm(this book in a nutshell) No credit to the other side. No reflected view on the way we went so far and no some things are a good and we should keep them and some are bad we should change them fast. We made mistakes we can admit it but here’s how we fix it but not everything was wrong and we can be proud of the things we did. The world is not black and white. Not just bad or just good. Everything has pros and cons. If you’re looking for a book that gives a balanced picture. Look elsewhere. If you’re a naive optimist and just want to hear that everything will be fine and nothing needs to be changed about the way we living. Go for it.

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    Amazing and enlightening book about the future

    Very good listen. Everyone who is on doubt of capitalism and is afraid of climate change should listen to this book. Matt Ridleys Arguments are convincing and interesting and should turn every pessimist into a rational optimist. Thank you!

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    great narrator!

    great audio book with exciting insights and we'll researched. the narrator is doing a great job. so it's just fascinating to hear this audio book.