Welcome and thank you for visiting my website and blog. I felt called to this work because I believe that the world is getting better. For most of my life I was quite skeptical of the idea of “progress.” Growing up in postmodern, deconstructionist times, I came to believe that the US was racist, imperialist and just downright evil. I started to have a brighter view of our times when the USSR collapsed and the Cold War ended. The economic expansion of the 90s gave me further reason for optimism. When 9/11 happened I thought the US overreacted. The blood and treasure spent on "The War on Terror" seemed to dear a price to pay. But what should we focus on, if not terrorism?
Steven Pinker’s book The Better Angels of Our Nature brought my burgeoning optimism to
full flower. My intuition, I thought, was right – things are much better than they appear.
In this blog I plan to explore the data and evidence that shows how the world’s getting safer, freer, better educated, longer lived, and less poor. That said, I promise to do regular sanity checks and look at the “pessimists'” ideas, arguments and evidence. And I promise to do my best to “follow the data,” wherever it leads, especially when it causes me to rethink my premises.
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This journey has made me happier, optimistic...and better! I wish the same for you.