A recent article in The Atlantic called for a "new science of progress" - this is dangerous and ignores the academic study of the history of human development.
The Progressive Conservative government's call to modernize education invokes long-standing rhetoric about progressive education in paradoxical ways.
Despite the technological advances that humanity has known for millennia, the standard of living did not begin to rise until around 1800.
There's no shortage of problems facing humanity. Science's role in how to tackle them has long been debated – including memorably by two of the 20th century's greatest literary figures.