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BE UNREASONABLY OPTIMISTIC

 

The idea

As a species, we are unreasonably optimistic. Leonard Mlodinow, theoretical physicist and author, points out that this is an essential adaptation.

‘I imagine that, 50,000 years ago, anyone in their right mind looking toward the harsh winters of Northern Europe would have crawled into a cave and given up,’ writes Mlodinow in his book Subliminal. ‘Women seeing their children die from rampant infections, men watching their women die in childbirth, human tribes suffering drought, ...

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