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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Jan 18, 2019

This is an excellent book on accurate data interpretation and how to overcome any biases we or the data presenter may have. This is a must read for those wishing to become data literate.

Dec 29, 2018

One of Obama's Top Books of 2018

Dec 28, 2018

This is a fantastic book. It is a combination of Hans' life's work, a set of tools to filter facts and a wonderful but underrated story of human progression in the last century. I was impressed by Hans' Ted talk years ago and was saddened by his death but this book has exceeded my wildest expectations. So easy to read, so easy to understand and useful.

Dec 09, 2018

How statistics can give you a completely wrong view of the world, if they are misinterpreted.

NFreaderNWPL Nov 23, 2018

A bunch of books on a similar theme came out this year. What sets this one apart is the emphasis on intellectual humility. (Stephen Pinker's latest, by contrast, has been faulted by reviewers for overreaching when it comes to the history of the Enlightenment.) Rosling (who died in 2017) had a talent for explaining things well, and as a result this book flies by. At the same time, he does an exceptional job here of using his own past mistakes to show the value of modesty in forming one's beliefs about where the trends around us are heading.

SkokieStaff_Steven Nov 14, 2018

Hans Rosling’s “Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think” is really two books in one. On the one hand, it teaches us what to think, specifically that the world is improving by almost every measure of well-being that can be statistically analyzed. On the other hand, it teaches us how to think, that is, how to avoid those lazy habits of reasoning that falsely buttress our most gloomy or fearful assumptions. Rosling has spent much of his life speaking to diverse audiences throughout the world, and this is reflected in his breezy writing style, amply supported by anecdotes from his life. Anyone trying to make sense of our complicated world is likely to benefit from Rosling’s tutorial in clear thinking, while even I, a confirmed pessimist, found his analysis of global trend lines to be both enlightening and encouraging.

Oct 16, 2018

Don't believe everything you read - approach the world with a factful outlook as outlined by author Hans Rosling, and resist your instinctive responses and beliefs which may not be based in reality! This book gives you a dose of hope about the world.

Oct 02, 2018

Worth reading. I would suggest combining it with The Opposite of Hate by Sally Kohn

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.

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Oct 02, 2018

Canada's per capita CO2 emissions are still twice as high as China's and eight times as high as India's. pg 215

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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