Reasons for optimism

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Not sure where this fits into the grand scheme of things... One major point basic philosophical disagreement seems to be whether or not humans can actually ever make significant progress ("progress" needing further definition); this page is for collecting evidence that humans do make progress. If anyone wants to contribute counterpoints, they can go in Reasons for Pessimism. --Woozle 18:54, 30 Dec 2005 (CST)

The List

Started Description Sources
~1990 Crime in the United States has been decreasing significantly since the early 1990s
~1993 World violence has decreased,
~1990 We now have a worldwide network allowing near-instantaneous essentially free communication between people in all parts of the world, with more people gaining access every day