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A feelgood tonic - but too feelgood?,
This review is from: What Are You Optimistic About? (Paperback)
Feeling in need of a pick-me-up in this doom-laden world I chanced upon this volume. It kind of did the job. It gives a page or two to a couple of hundred of the world's finest brains and they speak about their own area of specialisation and why we have reasons to be hopeful of a better future.
Much of it does indeed fill you with hope, but you sometimes wonder whether these guys are being OVER optimistic. When I see what happens in the capital of England's schools and police stations and job centres I'm not sure I can share their optimism.
The book expounds science and reason; yet the growth in the last 50 years of the numbers of Muslims in Europe - people who mostly reject science and reason and liberal democracy - to many, many million, does not exactly give me a surfeit of hope for Europe. I hope I'm wrong and I hope these people throw off their stone-age beliefs and embrace secular western liberalism. I hope.
The subjects the brains discuss neatly interlink, and one section concerns man-made global warming. I'm no scientist but I understand that a lot of scientists do not attribute global warming to man-made causes. Are we sure the guys here are correct?
I enjoyed the book but it is best read in small chunks. You just couldn't read it all in a few very long sittings - the shining optimism would drive you crazy. Well done to the editor for pulling together all these fine names for a project that's brimming with the ambitious driving spirit of the best of the human race.