Why we shouldn’t be pessimistic about the future

This week I finished reading two very different books; Limits to Growth¹ by Donella Meadows at al and The Beginning of Infinity² by David Deutsch. Initially I thought there was no connection between the two books, as I started reading them at different times and under completely different circumstances. However, upon finishing both within the same week, I realized that there are quite a few parallels; the Beginning of Infinity covers the nature of human progress while Limits to Growth covers potential limits to it. As such, I had an opportunity to reflect on the message…