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- Editor: Oneworld Publications; Edición: Updated (6 de abril de 2017)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1786070650
- ISBN-13: 978-1786070654
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Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 6 abr 2017
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`Reminds us that headlines are misleading and that history and data show that life has been getting radically better in every way'. -- Steven Pinker * Observer, Books of the Year * `A blast of good sense.' * Economist * `Norberg has a strong case and he makes it with energy and charm. A pertinent book for grumpy times.' * Robbie Millen, The Times * 'His unfailing optimism and well-argued points generate powerful good-news vibes'. * Esquire * `An exhilarating book. With the combination of arresting stories and striking data, Progress will change your understanding about where we've come from and where we may be heading.' -- Steven Pinker, author of The Better Angels of Our Nature `Norberg entertainingly presents the case for something every expert knows but most newsreaders will find hard to believe: the world is getting richer, healthier, freer, and more peaceful'. * Observer * `Johan Norberg chronicles the still largely unknown fact that humanity is now healthier, happier, cleaner, cleverer, freer and more peaceful than ever before. He also explains why in this superb book.' -- Matt Ridley, author of The Evolution of Everything `At a time of profound pessimism, Johan Norberg is refreshingly, but not glibly, optimistic. His excellent book documents the dramatic improvements in people's lives and reminds us of the huge potential for further progress - provided we are open to it.' -- Philippe Legrain, author of European Spring `In this brightly written, upbeat book, the Swedish author blends facts, anecdotes, and official statistics to describe "humanity's triumph" in achieving the present unparalleled level of global living standards...While acknowledging the mayhem, hunger, and poverty still facing much of the world, the author remains optimistic that human ingenuity will prevail in shaping the future. A refreshingly rosy assessment of how far many of us have come from the days when life was uniformly nasty, brutish, and short.' * Kirkus * `Excellent...Norberg's book comprehensively documents the myriad ways the state of humanity has vastly improved over the past couple of centuries.' * Reason *
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A Book of the Year for The Economist and the Observer Our world seems to be collapsing. The daily news cycle reports the deterioration: divisive politics across the Western world, racism, poverty, war, inequality, hunger. While politicians, journalists and activists from all sides talk about the damage done, Johan Norberg offers an illuminating and heartening analysis of just how far we have come in tackling the greatest problems facing humanity. In the face of fear-mongering, darkness and division, the facts are unequivocal: the golden age is now.Ver Descripción del producto
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Are things actually that bad? Swedish author Johann Norberg responds with a robust NO in “Progress.” In it, he dispels any notion that the world is headed in the wrong direction. He maintains that “The good old days are now” and validates this by examining the global progress that has been made over the past 200 years in food, sanitation, life expectancy, poverty, violence, the environment, literacy, freedom and equality.
The author notes that many people do not appreciate the real progress that has been made. They have been influenced heavily by the medi
a which “mostly report on ‘the holes in the cheese’ – problems and conflicts – but rarely about the cheese itself.” The press reinforces a certain point-of-view and focuses on the one-off events, those that are bad, dramatic and surprising, like murders, kidnappings, natural disasters, corruption, and more. It makes for better copy, drama and greater interest…And it sells!
Unfortunately, the approach taken by the “mainstream” media reinforces a particular way of looking at the world, a tendency to focus on the dramatic and surprising, which is almost all bad news, like war, murder and natural disasters. Norberg says research shows that the more people watch TV news, the more they will exaggerate the extent of crime.
Norberg tested his hypothesis that most people DO NOT appreciate the progress that has been made globally by commissioning a study in which a thousand Swedes were asked questions about global development. Their lack of knowledge was stunning – they were wrong on all eight questions. They thought the world was bad and getting worse, and consistently under-estimated the progress that had been made. Hunger and extreme poverty were believed to have increased by 73% and 76% respectively of those polled …during a period when they had both been reduced faster than at any other point in history.
Norberg point out that we are witnessing the greatest improvement in global living standards ever to take place – poverty malnutrition, illiteracy, child labor and in mortality are falling faster than any other time in human history. Consider the improvement in literacy. The ability to read and write texts is one of the most important skills, since it is the capacity to acquire even more capacity. Only 12% of the world population could read and write200 years ago. Today it is at 86%. “Since 1990, primary school enrollment in low- and middle-income countries has increased from 80-90%.
And then there is the improvement in life expectancy - Life expectancy at birth has increased more than twice as much in the last century as it did in the previous 200,000 years. At the start of the 20th century the average life expectancy globally was 31 years. Today it is 71.
Technology has played a role too. The Industrial Revolution and now the digital revolution have liberated humanity from harsh living conditions and have enabled rapid communication. A parallel revolution in agriculture has increased the global food supply and has reduced famine in parts of the world where malnutrition and starvation had long seemed inevitable.
Will this continue? The author seems to believe it will. But there is no guarantee. Improving the state of humanity is not easy to do. This requires a mix of enlightened public policy and enterprising human capital, as well as social and political stability and ability to adapt to new ideas. Future threats, not covered, loom – the growing global dissatisfaction of big government (see John Micklethwait’s “The Fourth Revolution”), rising demand and cost of healthcare, falling birth rates, breakup of the family and more.
But if history is any guide, progress will continue. It does not depend on the “whims of any one emperor’ nor does it remain the province of any one country. If it is blocked in one place, others will continue humanity’s journey.
Reynold Feldman, Ph.D.
Read this book to improve you outlook on the future.