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Matt Ridley is the author of provocative books on evolution, genetics and society. His books have sold over a million copies, been translated into thirty languages, and have won several awards.

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Arm-wrestling with Bill Gates

A debate in the Wall Street Journal



Update: here are some readers' letters about our exchange.

I've never arm-wrestled Bill Gates, but we have now had a good natured debate in the pages of the Wall Street Journal.

Here's his effort, and here's mine.

A quote from his:

Although I strongly disagree with what Mr. Ridley says in these pages about some of the critical issues facing the world today, his wider narrative is based on two ideas that are very important and powerful.

A quote from mine:

I am certainly not saying, "Don't worry, be happy." Rather, I'm saying, "Don't despair, be ambitious"-though I admit it's not nearly as snappy a song lyric.