Saturday, April 12, 2003 [Tweets] [Favorites]

It’s All Thanks to Science

Matt Ridley:

Far from imprisoning us in fate, self knowledge about the causes of our behaviour will liberate people to make choices: as the philosopher Daniel Dennett argues, more knowledge brings more free will.

“Organic farming is sustainable,” says Indian biotechnologist CS Prakash. “It sustains poverty and malnutrition.”

If you asked intellectuals at almost any time since Malthus to talk about the future, they would have been pessimistic and they would have been wrong.

(via Jerry Kindall)


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