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Can ‘progress studies’ contribute to knowledge? History suggests caution

Can ‘progress studies’ contribute to knowledge? History suggests caution

According to tech entrepreneur Patrick Collison and economist Tyler Cowen, academia needs a new discipline called “progress studies.” But their proposal overlooks two crucial facts: human progress has been an object of study for centuries, and innovators ignorant of that scholarship have had devastating effects on the planet and society. When Collison and Cowen write that “progress […] … learn more→