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Dr Pangloss

Think big

By Brian Eno   March 2009

During the 1990s, I used to tease my Silicon Valley friends by saying “Pangloss is alive and well and living in California.” Their optimism conceded no downside to the march of progress that internet-bubble America seemed to represent. But, it turns out, there were a lot of village idiots in the global village. The bubble machine is broken and things are going backwards, at a time when the biggest crisis to face us since we left Eden—catastrophic climate change—looms large.

Amid all this I’m surprised to find myself drawn to Pangloss. I feel more optimistic than I have for years, which…

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