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The rational optimist : how prosperity evolves

Author: Matt Ridley
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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The "New York Times"--Bestselling author of "Genome" and "The Red Queen" offers a provocative case for an economics of hope, arguing that the benefits of commerce, technology, innovation, and change--cultural evolution--will inevitably increase human prosperity.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matt Ridley
ISBN: 9780061452055 006145205X
OCLC Number: 456181103
Description: 438 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue : when ideas have sex --
A better today : the unprecedented present --
The collective brain : exchange and specialisation after 200,000 years ago --
The manufacture of virtue : barter, trust, and rules after 50,000 years ago --
The feeding of the nine billion : farming after 10,000 years ago --
The triumph of cities : trade after 5,000 years ago --
Escaping Malthus's trap : population after 1200 --
The release of slaves : energy after 1700 --
The invention of invention : increasing returns after 1800 --
Turning points : pessimism after 1900 --
The two great pessimisms of today : Africa and climate after 2010 --
The catallaxy : rational optimism about 2100.
Responsibility: Matt Ridley.

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The "New York Times"--Bestselling author of "Genome" and "The Red Queen" offers a provocative case for an economics of hope, arguing that the benefits of commerce, technology, innovation, and change--cultural evolution--will inevitably increase human prosperity.

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