Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
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 r ...more
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GG&S is a brilliant book that explains the structural reasons that certain historical trends happened in certain places. This gives you a lens on history develop, but not so much about why there is a gap, but why certain geographies were more condusive to to cultural grows at different levels of technology.
You will find GG&S enormously helpful in understanding history. I don't remember the age of pottery being an important part of his main point and this fact check seems unimportant. I would not be surprised a few errors like that might be in any book, but I don't think it would detract from the main message.
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My late friend Hans Rosling called the labels “outdated” and “meaningless.” Any categorization that lumps together China and the Democratic Republic of Congo is too broad to be useful. But I’ve continued to use “developed” and “developing” in public (and on this blog) because there wasn’t a more accurate, easily understandable alternative—until now.
I recently read Hans’ new book Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong Abo ...more
Mr Rosling is indeed passionate about his work. Factfulness is a highly-accessible, informal read in which the author frequently delights at the progress made across th ...more
I hate TED talks. This book is mostly like an extended TED Talk. Ipso facto I mostly hated this book.
Rosling's central thesis is that in most measures of human development the World is much better than we'd think. That part of the book I enjoyed, though the data backing this up could have been presented in a far shorter book.
Rosling spends a lot of time talking about the important people (e.g., bankers, Davos, bankers at Davos, TED talks) that he's presented this findings too ...more
On the one hand, the author is extremely sharp in that he realizes that bisection of the world is severely crippling to rational thinking process. When it becomes 'us' and 'them', most of our thinking processes will be black and white colored, or rather discolored. What we keep missing is that this world is complex and multifaceted enough to fit into no nice and tidy boxes. So, understanding that there are more than ...more
Much of what "everybody knows" and that we read in the news every day is wrong, because hardly anyone bothers to do reality-checking. This is a recurring problem in non-fiction books, including ones about science. So, when finally someone is exposing ignorance, clarifying truth, and exploring logical implications, ...more
This is the a last effort from Hans Rowling, and him long time contributors (family). It contains real stories and new ways of looking at world data as well as new ways of thinking.
The message I really took away from this book is the world is not perfect. We have a lot of work to do, but to not forget all we have achieved, to take encouragement fr ...more
The aim of the book is to fight ignorance and dramatic worldview with well-researched facts and global statistics. This book starts off with a quick 13 question quiz to test how you see ...more
We need to learn to hold two ...more
In my opinion, "Factfulness" is one of the most influential books published in 2018. The greatest deal about it is not the facts or fancy numbers & graphs (I still love them) it has, but that how it teaches one to th ...more
Anyway, I'm not usually a reader of nonfiction, but this seemed interesting, and I obtained it, so obviously I read it. It was actually really good. Rosling was a very interesting narrator, which I decided ...more
The work begins with a quiz consisting of 13 questions. The author claims that a 2017 study asked the same questions to 20k participants, and on average respondents got a mere 2 of the first 12 questions right, with one participant of 20k getting 11 of the 12 correct. However, my own results showed 10 / 13, and when I shared t ...more
This is honestly one of the most eye-opening, opinion changing books I have ever read. Especially in today’s political climate, everything feels like the worst case scenario and it can be hard to know what to do without losing hope. Factfulness gives real, data-based information about how we use information and how to do that better. It is frank and it is real and I have never felt so empowered in my life. The tips and explanations in here are ...more
This book has much in common with a couple of books by St ...more
Twenty seven thoughts raced across my mind. First, knights weren’t as advertised. Did this one really use the word ‘gonna’ instead of ‘going to’? And what about this contraction ‘we’re’? I would’ve been expecting something like, “We shall all perish!” Pfft. Dissapoint. Second, I hadn’t had my breakfast, and I’d always sworn not to die on an empty stomach. Third, I suddenly realized that stars were basically transmutation machines… did ...more
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Description: Why are people convinced that the world is more frightening than it really is? Hans Rosling thinks he has the answer. Professor Hans Rosling was 'the man in whose hands data sings'. He was dubbed 'a true inspiration' by Bill Gates and became a viral celebrity thanks to his popular TED talks which broke down the statistics behind global health and economics.
Before his death in 2017 Rosling spent years asking global audiences simple question ...more
Rosling sounds a bit like Steven Pinker but without all the philosophical and historical gibberish that ruins Pinker’s books.
The core message though is the same: the world is getting better, not worse. This is NOT a half-glass-full view. In fact, Rosling repeats over and over that he does not see himself as an optimist. Rather, he wants to help people see the world through data and facts.
Given my hate for the distorti ...more
His overall thesis, that we live in much better world than we imagine, is comforting, but “better” might still be “terrible” in some cases. I take from “Factfulness” a challenge to read any kind of surveys with a pinch of salt, don’t settle for averages or che ...more
This book is my last battle in my lifelong mission to fight devastating ignorance. – Hans Rosling
Human race survived numerous disasters and who knows how many to come. One thing is certain that we made miraculous progresses along the way. World has become infinitely better place. Though, that doesn't mean everything's okay or there's nothing to be worried about. Far from it. The problem is that we don't recognize these amazing achievements.
We need to keep data ori ...more
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He was the Professor of International Health at Karolinska Institute and was the co-founder and chairman of the Gapminder Foundation, which developed the Trendalyzer software. He held presentations around the world, including several TED Talks in which he promoted the use of data to explore development i ...more