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The Disconnect Between Pessimism and Optimism

By Steven Pinker, Time Magazine, January 4, 2018

According to the latest data, people are living longer and becoming healthier, better fed, richer, smarter, safer, more connected–and, at the same time, ever gloomier about the state of the world. As the political scientist John Mueller once summed up the history of the West, “People seem simply to have taken the remarkable economic improvement in stride and have deftly found new concerns to get upset about.” How can we explain pessimism in a world of progress?

Full article: Steven Pinker: The Disconnect Between Pessimism and Optimism

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