From: Do Humankind’s Best Days Lie Ahead? The Munk Debates
The cure for cognitive fallacies is data, and the trend lines are unequivocal. On average, people are living longer, healthier, richer, safer, freer, more literate, and more peaceful lives. While past performance is no guarantee of future returns, the world is not Wall Street. We are unlikely to wake up one morning and face a world with smallpox, slave auctions, or surgery without anaesthetics.
By: Alain de Botton Malcolm Gladwell Matt Ridley Steven Pinker