The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves

May 21, 2010
12:00pm1:30pm
Mercatus Center Board Room 3301 N. Fairfax Drive Suite 450 Arlington, VA 22201

Event Video

Matt Ridley, bestselling author of The Red Queen, Nature via Nurture, and other books, tells the story of human cultural and economic evolution in his latest work, The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves. Combining the best of economics and biology, he explains both the "how" and "why" of the amazing (and recent) explosion in worldwide human well-being. Against the pessimism of many of today's intellectuals and commentators, Ridley presents a compelling case for why progress will continue, but only if cultural evolution is allowed to develop in the direction of more contact, trade, and openness between people.

Join the Mercatus Center as Matt Ridley discusses his book and answers questions from the audience. Lunch will be provided.

Purchase The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves.

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