Book Review of 'The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves'

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Matt Ridley's book, The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves The latest book by Matt Ridley entitled The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves presents a deep and amazing argument regarding the reason behind the expectation of life getting better and better with the passage of time. According to Ridley (2011), optimism revolves around several aspects of networks, globalization, cooperation, exchange, trade and specialization. Readers belonging to the domain of philosophy consider the book to be highly stimulating. Ridley (2011) has actually synthesized and expanded some of the ideas most readers are already acquainted with. These ideas are reminders of different books and certain connections and patterns exist between them (Easterly, 2010). The discussion based on interplay of ideas is a reminder of Steve Johnson and Frans Johansson. Nick Schulz and Arnold Kling also come to mind after seeing his discussion on evolving modern prosperity. He resembles Tyler Cowen when he discusses about why globalization results in huge creative gains. Gregg Easterbrook also comes to mind at the point where he stresses why we are still pessimistic despite the good news. His discussion pertaining to non-zero sum global cooperation takes readers and researchers to the world of Robert Wright. The foundational work of Adam Smith can be further recalled when he mentions his basic theses regarding exchange and trade (Easterly, 2010; Casnocha, 2011). In Ridley's opinion human

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