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Celebrate progress - restore its popularity

We must start telling stories again that don't confuse pessimism with sophistication or, conversely, demand that optimism be naive.

COP-OUT When a report about how ground-penetrating radar has mapped huge undiscovered areas of Stonehenge immediately provokes a comment wondering if the radar endangers the landscape, something has gone seriously wrong with our sense of wonder.

AS A KINDERGARTEN student a half century ago, I read the same book over and over again, nearly every day. My favourite in our classroom's little library, it had a title imbued with confidence and promise: You Will Go to the Moon. Needless to say, I have not done so.

So I sympathise with...