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Thursday, October 31, 2019

John Higgs, optimist (and bookseller)

British author John Higgs has been trying to make the case for optimism lately, here is some optimism from  his latest newsletter:

I've just read This Could Be Our Future by Yancey Strickler, the ex-CEO and co-founder of Kickstarter. It's about the flaws in making decisions based on short-term financial maximalisation - the unfortunate default in our culture - and how to avoid thinking like this. Heartily recommended!

It didn't receive much of a fanfare, but it's still worth celebrating: UK non-nuclear renewables have, for the first time, generated more electricity than fossil fuels. There's a lot of reasons for optimism about how quickly renewables are growing at the moment.

Out Of All This Blue, the new single by The Waterboys, seems entirely in sync with this list.

And while we're at it, it's worth noting that optimism is good for the heart, according to a huge meta-analysis of 300,000 people.

For more optimism, and news on Higgs' new online bookstore (you can get signed books) , go here.

Blogger isn't letting me upload images this morning, and I don't have time to deal with Google's nonsense, so no illustration today.

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