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Look at the bright side. Keep a positive attitude. Pull yourself up by your own boot straps. If you set your mind on it, you can do anything. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, a rosy view of optimism and wishful thinking. And for you cynics? A look at the positive power of negative thinking. So chin up, it's a walk down the sunny side of the street.
op·ti·mism Pronunciation Key (pt-mzm) n.
1. A tendency to expect the best possible outcome or dwell on the most hopeful aspects of a situation: There is a touch of optimism in every worry about one's own moral cleanliness (Victoria Ocampo).2. Philosophy.
- a.The doctrine, asserted by Leibnitz, that this world is the best of all possible worlds.
- b. The belief that the universe is improving and that good will ultimately triumph over evil.
[French optimisme, from New Latin optimum, the greatest good. See optimum.]
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Richard Weiss is the author of "The American Myth of Success." He tells Steve Paulson why figures like Horatio Alger, Norman Vincent Peale and Dale Carnegie are so compelling for Americans, and why we're unlikely to give up our national optimism. Also, Julie Norem is the author of "The Power of Negative Thinking." She tells Jim Fleming about her strategy of "defensive pessimism," and explains the good it can do.
David Perkins, founding member of Harvard think tank Project Zero, talks with Anne Strainchamps about Eureka Moments. His book is "The Eureka Effect: The Art and Logic of Breakthrough Thinking." Also, Episcopal priest Matthew Fox was a member of the Dominicans when he wrote "Original Blessing." He tells Steve Paulson why the belief in Original Sin is destructive and leads to a culture of pessimism.
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Robert Zubrin is president of the Mars Society and author of many books, including "The Case for Mars: The plan to settle the red planet and why we must." He explains how he thinks we should go about it, and how settling a new world will save this one. And he describes how NASA's using his ideas.
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