With so much progress in the world, how can pessimism still be widespread? It is because of cynicism, denying that “so-called-progress” is progress, argues David Deutsch, professor at Oxford University and one of the world's leading intellectuals on optimism.
David Deutsch is a professor at Oxford University and the founder of the field of quantum computing.
He is the author of the bestselling books The Fabric of Reality and The Beginning of Infinity.
Deutsch is one of the world’s leading intellectuals on optimism.
For Warp News, he has written the exclusive text Optimism, Pessimism, and Cynicism.
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Mathias used to be a Member of Parliament, but choose not to run for reelection in 2018, because he had seen a big opportunity to have a more positive impact on the future.
Over the years he had become angry over how pessimists were seen as rational. Frustrated when optimists were mocked. Annoyed with the news media for their focus on negative news.
At the same time, he got more and more optimistic about the future of humanity. Life on Earth improved at a rate never seen before.
But progress was slowed down by all the pessimism. To solve enormous challenges like climate change we need to move faster.
Mathias started dreaming of a world where optimists are seen as rational. With news media showing a fact-based view of the world. And naive pessimists don't stand in the way of progress.
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