Irrational Optimism?

By TALI SHAROT
Published: May 14, 2011
Why are college grads irrationally optimistic about the future?

I also read this column today in The New York Times, which talks about the human habit of embracing optimism in the face of pessimistic statistics.  I found it especially interesting, given that a recent class of mine read Candide, or Optimism, by Voltaire. Candide  is itself a satiric reflection of the philosophical optimism popularized at the time by Gottfried Leibniz.