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Why We Should Be Rationally Optimistic

May 11th, 2010

Things are falling apart.

Riots in Greece.

Oil spills and volcanoes.

Bailouts.

Sudden, inexplicable falls in the stock market.

But when we come to this conclusion, are we participating in a unique psychological phenomena that mistakes pieces for the whole? Another possibility, it that the media tends to over-report the negative and under-report the positive. As any good editor will tell you, “If it bleeds, it leads.”

After reading the The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by Matt Ridley, you may start to understand the possibility that things aren’t getting worse; they’re getting better, much better.

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