The World Is Getting Better – Faster, Faster and Faster [Part 1]

I’m reading Steven Pinker’s new book ‘Enlightenment Now’. It’s chock-full of worldview-altering statistics about how amazing the world is right now – how it’s the best it’s ever been and is improving at a staggering rate.

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I’m reading Steven Pinker’s new book ‘Enlightenment Now’. It’s chock-full of worldview-altering statistics about how amazing the world is right now – how it’s the best it’s ever been and is improving at a staggering rate.

Some of my favourite stats so far (only ~1/4 in):

– Not only are *global* life expectancies climbing, and fast (globally it was at 71.4 years in 2015), more of those years are lived in full health.
– Rates of dementia among American over 65s fell by a quarter between 2000-2012!
– LOOK AT THIS GRAPH OF CHILD MORTALITY!!!

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I haven’t even made it to the meat of the book yet but seriously, everyone should read this. The world is getting better all the time and hardly anyone knows about it. And not just in life expectancy, but in inequality, democracy, rights, the environment – and so on.

Today is literally the best time to be alive there has ever been.

And it keeps getting incrementally better – not by magic, but because of the day-to-day efforts of ordinary people.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb & Bryan Caplan on what’s wrong with education.

  • Encourage people to be autodidacts. You basically only remember what you are interested in enough to learn yourself.
  • Practice first, theory second. Now we are living longer, should we really be going from school -> real world experience/apprenticeship for 8 years -> university?
  • Separate what is ‘useful’ from what makes us civilised (in a nutshell, humanities)

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