You might think a professional skeptic like Michael Shermer would have many skeptical things to say about modern life as we know it. And he does. But when it comes to environmentalists painting a gloomy portrait of our future, as compared to our past, Shermer argues that now is actually the best time to be alive. Despite the American Lung Association’s report last week that LA is the smoggiest city in America, we’re all breathing much better than we used to. Not only that, but there are more goodies to go around, crime is down, and work weeks are shorter. So what’s with all the pining for the old days? Would you prefer to time travel back – or keep moving forward?
Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic magazine and a monthly columnist for Scientific American. He is an adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University and the author of "The Mind of the Market"