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  • The conservation principle applies to various domains, influencing perception and even causing people to find new reasons to be outraged.
  • The challenge lies in recognizing this pattern and appreciating the progress made, as highlighted in Steven Pinker's work on the decrease in violence over the centuries.

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4. The Law of Conservation of Outrage:

4. The Law of Conservation of Outrage:

No matter how much progress the world is achieving, the total amount of outrage remains constant.

  • As societies become safer and more prosperous, people tend to raise their standards for what is considered safe or prosp...

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  • This inclination persists today, evident in the higher engagement with negative headlines in news stories.
  • Even during peaceful times, people are captivated by

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DOUGLAS ADAMS

“Nothing travels faster than the speed of light, with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws.”

Excerpt from :The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

DOUGLAS ADAMS

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MATT RIDLEY

“No charity ever raised money for its cause by saying things are getting better.”  (The Rational Optimist)

MATT RIDLEY

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  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali notes that those who've always had freedom may take it for granted.
  • Criticism in tolerant societies isn't met with retaliation, unlike in dictatorships where dissent is squashed.

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AYAAN HIRSI ALI

“You grew up in freedom, and you can spit on freedom because you don’t know what it is not to have freedom.”

AYAAN HIRSI ALI

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Conclusion: We Need More “Idiots”

Conclusion: We Need More “Idiots”

  • Pessimism often gets mistaken for intelligence, but believing in progress takes courage.
  • While pessimists sound wise sticking to the known, progress relies on optimism and innovation.

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JEREMY CÔTÉ

“Progress transforms problems into invisible infrastructure.”

JEREMY CÔTÉ

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  • Yet, their ugliness led to blame for pandemic woes. This pattern, dubbed the "ugly problem fallacy," hides the benefits of solutions.
  • I...

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JOHN STUART MILL

“I have observed that not the man who hopes, when others despair, but the man who despairs when others hope, is admired by a large class of persons as a sage.”

JOHN STUART MILL

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1. The Law of the Invisibility of Good News:

1. The Law of the Invisibility of Good News:

Progress happens gradually and imperceptibly, while regress happens all at once and immediately grabs our attention.

  • Breaking news often involves things breaking down (an earthquake, suicide bom...

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2. The Law of The Velocity of Bad News:

2. The Law of The Velocity of Bad News:

Nothing travels faster than the speed of light, except bad news.

  • In today's world of instant communication, bad news spreads faster than ever.

  • Our brai...

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3. The Law of Rubbernecking:

3. The Law of Rubbernecking:

The more gruesome the news, the more we lap it up.

  • Humans are naturally drawn to negative and alarming events, a behavior rooted in evolutionary instincts.
  • "rubbernecking," is...

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7. The Law of Disinfecting Sunlight:

7. The Law of Disinfecting Sunlight:

The freer a society, the more ugly things will surface.

  • In liberal democracies, the more complaints about human rights violations, the better protected those rights are likely to be, according to

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The Best Year in Human History?

The Best Year in Human History?

  • Can we argue 2023 was one of our best years yet? Looking back, it seems so.
  • Since the turn of the century, each year (excluding the pandemic) has brought affluence, safety, and good health to more and more people.

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5. The Law of Awful Attraction:

5. The Law of Awful Attraction:

If you don’t find bad news, bad news will find you.

  • New age beliefs like the Law of Attraction suggest positive thoughts attract good outcomes, while negative thoughts invite trouble.
  • ...

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6. The Law of Self-Effacing Solutions:

6. The Law of Self-Effacing Solutions:

Once a solution has been achieved, people forget about the original problem (and only see further problems).

  • Progress often masks its own challenges, leading us to overlook the severity of original problems.

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Absurdist. Failed musician. Successful pessimist. Gamer.

If life is better than ever before, why does the world seem so depressing?

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Universal Law

The Pareto principle has been seen working in various fields, and domains:

  • Sales and Marketing departments recognised that 20 percent of the customers brought 80 percent of the products, and 20 percent of their sales force made 80 per cent of the sales.
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