Matt Ridley,Alain de Botton,Steven Pinker,Malcolm Gladwell

Do Humankind's Best Days Lie Ahead

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Four of the world’s most renowned thinkers take on one of the biggest debates of the modern era.“It’s just a brute fact that we don't throw virgins into volcanoes any more. We don't execute people for shoplifting a cabbage. And we used to.” — Steven Pinker“The idea that because things have gotten better in the past they will continue to do so in the future is a fallacy I would have thought confined to the lower reaches of Wall Street.” — Malcolm Gladwell
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    Misha Sokolnikovhas quoted4 years ago
    At the dawn of Western civilization the ancient Greeks invented a form of theatre called tragedy. And the point of tragedy was to remind a city-state of its constant vulnerability and, therefore, of its need for extreme modesty in the face of the unknown.
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    Most of the good news is gradual and most of the bad news is sudden
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    Journalists report plane crashes, not planes that take off.

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