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Matt Ridley: Sharing ideas could overcome global challenges

24th May 2010

Science writer Matt Ridley says sharing ideas is what separates us from other animals and has predicted that problems such as poverty and climate change can be dealt with more effectively as information spreads more rapidly.

Ridley believes that while millions of people across the globe are living in misery, the majority are much better off than they were 50 years ago.

The author told the Guardian that since 1800 global life expectancy has doubled and people are generally getting wealthier.

'There's no reason at all why we can't overcome whatever problems face us - population explosions, food shortages, disease, poverty, terrorism, climate change, you name it,' he told the paper.

'In fact I think it's quite probable that in 100 years' time both we and the planet will be better off than we are now,' Ridley added.

Ridley is the writer of Genome, a popular science work which looks at the genetic makeup of humans and the effect that their 100,000 genes have on everything from growth to free will.

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