Matt Ridley: Why Is It So Cool To Be Gloomy?The Wall Street Journal, 17 November 2018The world is in better shape than most people think, but we’re more inclined to focus on bad news than good. Psychology can help explain why.Has the percentage of the world population that lives in extreme poverty almost doubled, almost … Continue reading Why Is It So Cool To Be Gloomy?
Page 1of 1Facts on Australia’s Electricity DilemmaIt is unwise for Australia to rely on weather dependent wind, solar and hydro for electricity generation as the continent is noted for having the world’s most variable and unpredictable weather ill matched to electricity demand which is characterised by reliability and predictability.Unlike many countries Australia will never have … Continue reading Energy
MATT RIDLEYmarch 12 2018, 12:01am, the timesMy cure for Disease X? A bit of positivitymatt ridleyDoom-mongering about a hypothetical threat to humanity is a symptom of people’s tendency towards pessimism ‘Deadly new epidemic called Disease X could kill millions, scientists warn,” read one headline at the weekend. “WHO issues global alert for potential pandemic,” read … Continue reading Matt Ridley-I can’t get too much of this guy!
"Ricardo proves that if you specialise, then it makes sense to exchange, and vice versa. Working for each other is the grand theme of human history, one that has waxed and waned, but mostly waxed, over tens of thousands of years, with an incredible acceleration in the last 50 years thanks to free trade.In that … Continue reading Extract from Matt Ridley Speech-12th July,2017
Home >Blog >Munk debatePublished on: Sunday, 08 November, 2015Munk Debate, Toronto, 6 November 2105I took part in a Munk debate on 6 November, in which Steven Pinker and I argued that "humanity's best days lie ahead" while Malcolm Gladwell and Alain de Botton argued against us. It was entertaining and we shifted the audience our way a little, … Continue reading Humanity’s Best Days Lie Ahead
In these grim cold days of carbon taxes and incompetent Government,falling confidence and retail sales (David Jones), we all need something to cheer us up. Have a listen to Matt Ridley,The Rational Optimist. It is very refreshing.