Rational Optimist How Prosperity Evolves

ISBN-10: 0061452068

ISBN-13: 9780061452062

Edition: N/A

Authors: Matt Ridley

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List price: $15.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 6/7/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

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
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