Long Views Â» Blog Archive Â» Niall Ferguson & Peter Schwartz, â€œHistorian vs. Futurist on Human Progressâ€
Questions from the audience ended with one asking whether optimism or pessimism was a more useful way to think about the future. Schwartz said, â€œOptimism lets you imagine how you can overcome problems, and those possibilities motivate change.â€ Ferguson said, â€œYou must always focus on worst-case scenarios, and history will teach them to you.â€
Sounds like a fascinating seminar. Looking forward to the video.