Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think

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"When asked simple questions about global trends--what percentage of the world's population live in poverty; why the world's population is increasing; how many girls finish school--we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers. In Factfulness, Professor of International Health and global TED phenomenon Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators, Anna and Ola, offers a radical new explanation of why this happens. They reveal the ten instincts that distort our perspective--from our tendency to divide the world into two camps (usually some version of us and them) to the way we consume media (where fear rules) to how we perceive progress (believing that most things are getting worse). Our problem is that we don't know what we don't know, and even our guesses are informed by unconscious and predictable biases. It turns out that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than we might think. That doesn't mean there aren't real concerns. But when we worry about everything all the time instead of embracing a worldview based on facts, we can lose our ability to focus on the things that threaten us most."--Amazon.com
Publisher: New York :, Flatiron Books,, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250107817
Branch Call Number: 302.12 RO
Characteristics: x, 342 pages : illustrations, charts ; 22 cm


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Sep 17, 2018

Very well written book with good information, humour and pacing. The author is definitely intelligent and I like how everything is evidence-based. Everyone should read this book to get an accurate perspective of the world.

Sep 07, 2018

Hans Rosling shows us how much the world has actually improved and how badly most people are wrong about their assumptions on its current status.

ArapahoeJohanna Jul 24, 2018

Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, and Anna Rosling Ronnlund weave together anecdotes and data to paint a picture of a world full of progress and hope. Even better, the world they're describing is the very one we live in! Decades ago, Hans Rosling noticed that his students were prone to extreme pessimism when it came to evaluating the current state of the world. Influenced by media reports of death, disease, and disaster, people tend to assume that things are bad and getting worse. The data says differently, though, and he spent decades trying to find ways to illuminate the gap between reality and perception. This book is the culmination of his efforts, laying bare all of the ways in which the world is alright and only getting better. He makes the case for hope and optimism, showing that global poverty, disease, and violence are all on the decline, while quality of life continues to improve. While suffering still exists in every country, the situation is far from hopeless.

Personally, I found this book refreshing and inspiring. It can be difficult to wade through constant news stories about human suffering without feeling the situation is so bleak as to be beyond hope. This book puts that suffering in perspective, showing that measurable benefits can come from even small improvements. Our global problems are not as insurmountable as they seem, and anyone who feels overwhelmed by hopelessness should read this book!

May 21, 2018

One of Bill Gates' top 5 recommended books for summer 2018


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Jul 28, 2018

"Keep track of gradual improvements. A small change every year can translate to a huge change in decades." page 184


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