|The Case for Rational Optimism|
By Frank S. Robinson
|Here is the ultimate “feel good” book – but much more.
It not only
shows how life and the state of the world are good and getting
better, but explains the reasons, and why they will continue toward a
bright future. This comprehensive "big picture" analysis brings in evolutionary biology, neuroscience,
psychology, sociology, economics, and a keen sense of history. A fun
read, down-to-earth with dashes of humor, it challenges many commonly held ideas.|
The book covers both the philosophical basis for optimism and the world's reality, including discussions of human nature, the development of morality, the economy, science and technology, social dynamics, government, geopolitics, the environment, and even sex. Unifying all this are some central ideas: why we are more good than bad, how we can control our destiny, and how we make a better world by valuing human life and empowering all people to flourish in ways they freely choose.
Much of modern pessimism's litany is directly answered. One example is war: many believe we are incurably violent, and war is worsening. The Case for Rational Optimism examines the facts, and finds that in reality, humans are fundamentally cooperative, the world is becoming increasingly peaceful, and the causes for it are growing ever stronger.
This refreshing, inspiring book will lift your heart and change your thinking.
For a sample chapter, CLICK HERE To see a short TV interview, CLICK HERE.
"A WONDERFUL BOOK!" -- STEVEN PINKER, Author of THE BLANK SLATE and other seminal books.
|Publisher & Order Information:|
Published by TRANSACTION BOOKS at RUTGERS UNIVERSITY:
“Publisher of Record in International Social Science.”
Hardcover, 340 pages, $39.95
Special author’s price $29.95 + shipping in USA $4, or $3 for payment by cash or check. Paypal & Visa/MC accepted.
Order from Frank S. Robinson, Box 3040, Albany NY 12203
|About the Author:|
Frank S. Robinson is a graduate of NYU Law School and served for two decades
as an administrative law judge. He is the author of four previous books: one about machine politics; a novel; a coin collect- ing guide; and Life, Liberty, and Happi- ness, which won the Spooner Award in 2006.
Links to my other websites:
Rare coin website
Blog ("The Rational Optimist")
Book Page (On Facebook)
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