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“One of the most important books I’ve ever read—an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world.” – Bill Gates
“Hans Rosling tells the story of ‘the secret silent miracle of human progress’ as only he can. But Factfulness does much more than that. It also explains why progress is so often secret and silent and teaches readers how to see it clearly.” —Melinda Gates
"Factfulness by Hans Rosling, an outstanding international public health expert, is a hopeful book about the potential for human progress when we work off facts rather than our inherent biases." - Former U.S. President Barack Obama
Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts.
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.
Inspiring and revelatory, filled with lively anecdotes and moving stories, Factfulness is an urgent and essential book that will change the way you see the world and empower you to respond to the crises and opportunities of the future.
“This book is my last battle in my life-long mission to fight devastating ignorance…Previously I armed myself with huge data sets, eye-opening software, an energetic learning style and a Swedish bayonet for sword-swallowing. It wasn’t enough. But I hope this book will be.” Hans Rosling, February 2017.
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Poverty is down, life expectancy is up, and—surprise!—the world is a much brighter place than we think. That’s the core tenet of Factfulness, a masterful recalibration of global misconceptions from breakout TED speaker Hans Rosling, a medical doctor and renowned international health professor. Using clear-eyed reasoning, anecdotal support, and “data as therapy,” Rosling shows how we’ve let fear, overgeneralizations, and impatience blind us to major leaps in human progress. Factfulness is a crucial lesson for confusing times, reminding us that the path ahead lies not in panic but in clear thinking.
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A must read for everyone!
This book should be standard for everyone. Such practical and useful advice!
Hans Rosling was one of the pioneers of data science snd analytics. He demonstrates how reality and our perceptions can be so vastly different. An it is important for all of us to know why decisions need to be made based on data and facts rather than emotion. The world would be a better place if everyone read this book.
In an age of mass media, our perception of the world may be twisted by the intriguing news and popular articles published in the journals. However, Do you know the world better than chimpanzees do? Before you read this book, don’t be so confident to answer this question. Hans Rosling’s Factfulness raises readers awareness of the global trend and provides useful tools for people to think critically. I had assumed that the book might be full of dull data and complicated theories, but Hans Rosling uses the humorous expression, vivid personal story, and clearly stated data to grab its readers attention and show them the real stories happened around the world. His discussion of the misperception of the global facts teaches the readers how important it is to see the world critically and open-minded. The sophisticated readers from different backgrounds might find this book insightful and think twice when they read the news about global trend. Highly recommended!!👍