Optimistic indeterminate

Want to share an essay by Peter Thiel from the class he teaches on startup companies, which makes an interesting philosophical point about how we view our future and how it effects decisions, important life decisions based on that view.

Here’s a short excerpt for the taste:

Up until the 1950s and ‘60s, the prevailing belief about the future was one of determinate optimism. There had always been a relatively well-defined way in which people thought the future would be much better than the present. You could go west and get 640 acres of land. Specific projects to improve society were undertaken. There was a general orientation toward working to make a better future.”

Full essay at this link:
http://blakemasters.com/post/23435743973/peter-thiels-cs183-startup-class-13-notes-essay

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