Actually, things are getting better

Hans Rosling

Demographer Hans Rosling makes stats sizzle

It’s probably a good thing that we tend to grumble about how bad the world seems to be in so many ways. Thinking that may tend to make us try harder.

But here are a couple of reasons to think the opposite: that over time, we’ve been making great progress as civilization. The world is not going to hell in a handbasket.

First, Swedish demographer Hans Rosling,  a rock star of stats, will show you 200 years of human history in four minutes that highlight a startling trend of greater health and wealth the world over.

Next, watch Steven Pinker argue that, despite our tremendous capacity for massive destruction, we are becoming far less violent and why. Pinker’s talk is just under 20 minutes, but highly interesting. I guarantee you’ll learn a lot in a short amount of time.

First, Rosling’s take on our health and wealth over time, thanks to the BBC and Youtube. Then Pinker’s talk from the always fascinating TED Talks.

Did you enjoy these talks? Would you like to see more such takes on the world at large? Let us know by adding your own comments.

About Scott Hunter

Editor of The Star newspaper in Grand Coulee, observer of life, history, patterns in things that matter.
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