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Matt Ridley,Alain de Botton,Steven Pinker,Malcolm Gladwell

Do Humankind's Best Days Lie Ahead

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Four of the world’s most renowned thinkers take on one of the biggest debates of the modern era.“It’s just a brute fact that we don't throw virgins into volcanoes any more. We don't execute people for shoplifting a cabbage. And we used to.” — Steven Pinker“The idea that because things have gotten better in the past they will continue to do so in the future is a fallacy I would have thought confined to the lower reaches of Wall Street.” — Malcolm Gladwell
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