The Resource The rational optimist : how prosperity evolves, Matt Ridley., (ebook)

The rational optimist : how prosperity evolves, Matt Ridley., (ebook)

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The rational optimist : how prosperity evolves
Title
The rational optimist
Title remainder
how prosperity evolves
Statement of responsibility
Matt Ridley.
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Language
eng
Summary
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. 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 two hundred 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 twenty-first 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
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Midwest
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Ridley, Matt
Dewey number
339.2
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Wealth
  • Practical reason
  • Optimism
  • Electronic books
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adult
Label
The rational optimist : how prosperity evolves, Matt Ridley., (ebook)
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
Content type code
txt
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rdacontent
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unknown
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1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
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Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780062025371
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
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computer
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rdamedia
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MWT12390156
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remote
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MWT12390156
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
The rational optimist : how prosperity evolves, Matt Ridley., (ebook)
Link
Publication
Distribution
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780062025371
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Publisher number
MWT12390156
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
MWT12390156
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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