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Ti­tle: The Ra­tio­nal Op­ti­mist: How Pros­per­ity Evolves Author: Matt Ri­d­ley

Pub­lisher: Harper (2010) Price: $10.87

No. of pages: 448

Ri­d­ley, a sci­ence jour­nal­ist, has tried to es­tab­lish the eco­nomic progress as a prod­uct of op­ti­mism with a rea­son. The link be­tween and rea­son and op­ti­mism can be in­ferred from the his­tor­i­cal ref­er­ences of an­cient ef­fi­cient and work­ing minds com­ing to­gether to ex­change goods and food, which later trans­formed into for­mal trad­ing. The author has high­lighted this pos­i­tivism of rea­son to con­nect with each other, work for each other and im­prove the over­all well-be­ing of so­ci­ety. Ri­d­ley has at­tempted to tackle the modern so­cial, cul­tural, en­vi­ron­men­tal and po­lit­i­cal is­sues by sug­gest­ing ra­tio­nal op­ti­mism as the so­lu­tion; he finds op­ti­mism to add in­ge­nu­ity and am­bi­tion to hu­man progress

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