YBCA and Long Now Foundation’s collaboration continues with Matt Ridley's Deep Optimism, a Long Now Seminar exploring contemporary, rational alternatives to the white noise of global doomsday scenarios and ceaseless pessimism.
Join Matt Ridley and other YBCA and Long Now staff and members in the Novellus Theater Lobby following the Seminar for conversation and cocktails from our cash bar! As always, YBCA and Long Now members may obtain up to two free tickets for YBCA–hosted Seminars.
Trained at Oxford as a zoologist and an editor at The Economist for eight years, Matt Ridley's newest book is The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves. His earlier works include Francis Crick; Nature via Nurture; Genome; and The Origins of Virtue. Ridley believes that via trade and other cultural activities, 'ideas have sex,' driving human history in the direction of inconstant but accumulative improvement over time. The criers of havoc keep being proved wrong, demonstrating that a fundamental optimism about human affairs is deeply rational and can indeed effect change.