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Rational Optimism and the Evolution of Everything

Dr. Ann Rathbone Bradley, Vice President of Economic Initiatives, Institute for Faith, Work & Economics

Featuring Matt Ridley, columnist for The Telegraph and The Times and member of the Science and Technology select committee, House of Lords.

Thursday, November 10, 2016
4:45 - 5:15 PM – Book Signing
5:30 - 7:00 PM – Public Lecture
Red Raider Ballroom, SUB

In his best-selling book, The Rational Optimist, Matt Ridley argues that the world as a whole is getting not just richer, but healthier, happier, cleverer, cleaner, kinder, freer, more peaceful and more equal, and that this is the consequence of innovation, exchange and specialization, resulting in people working ever more for each other. In his recent book The Evolution of Everything, he argues that human society, like the natural world, evolves in a spontaneous way, and that we are far too ready to attribute order, complexity and progress to deliberate planning.

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Christopher Coyne to Serve as 2016-2017 Templeton Visiting Scholar

Prof. Christopher Coyne, F.A. Harper Professor of Economics, George Mason University

Christopher Coyne, F.A. Harper Professor of Economics at George Mason University, will serve as a Templeton Visiting Scholar during the 2016-2017 academic year. As part of his visiting scholar appointment, he will visit for a short period during both the fall and spring semesters.

Prof. Coyne also serves as the Associate Director of the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He is the Co-Editor of The Review of Austrian Economics and The Independent Review. He also serves as the Book Review Editor for Public Choice.

During his visit, Prof. Coyne will participate in several activities that will contribute to the output of the Research on the Origins of Economic Freedom and Prosperity program. He will deliver a public lecture as part of the FMI Public Speaker Series and present working research as part of the FMI Research Workshop.

He will also lead a discussion colloquium with FMI faculty, staff and other invited colleagues focused on some of his publication. Outside of his formal responsibilities, Prof. Coyne will interact with current FMI Ph.D. fellows providing informal guidance on their ongoing and planned research projects.


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