What are you optimistic about?
What are you optimistic about? Really, amid all the gloomsters, what are you optimistic about?
It's the question I asked a load of scientists who work locally; i.e. within about 20 miles of this breakfast table of mine where I'm writing this blogpost.
Amazingly, over 80 of these brilliant people responded, and their 76 essays are in a book.
And last month on 14th September, the first day
of the British Science Festival here in Brum, we launched it. It's called The New Optimists: Scientists view tomorrow's world & what it means to us. You can read about it here, and buy it from Amazon -- and any profits from it will go back into supporting scientists and their work here.
They're doing exciting work on matters ranging from stem cells to fuel cells and a great deal in between.
Forgive my silence on this blog. Life has been a tad busy. With the help of a great team of people, we've now got the book, the blog, a YouTube channel featuring interviews with some of the scientist contributors, a facebook group, twitter . . . plus setting up Linus Publishing, a not-for-profit multimedia publishing outfit for this and future books, plus organising the launch and other events.
Over the next few weeks, I'll be writing here about how these scientists, these seemingly ordinary men and women as part of their daily routine engage with extraordinary matters and, to paraphrase the Warwick mathematician Ian Stewart, defend us from believing what we want to.
Before you find out more about all this and discover for yourself what Jenny Uglow describes in her Foreword as the most exhilarating of books . . . how about adding in the here and now, off the top of your head, what are you optimistic about?