Factfulness - Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund & Ola Rosling

Factfulness

By Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund & Ola Rosling

  • Release Date: 2018-04-03
  • Genre: Management & Leadership
Score: 4
4
From 56 Ratings

Description

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“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.

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“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.

Reviews

  • Fascinating

    5
    By Minerva3588
    Helps put the current political climate into focus and gives great perspective on how to check your own assumptions and biases.
  • Lack of Facts

    1
    By See Great Britain
    It is stated that America can achieve greater lifespans at lesser costs. No facts are presented to support the statement. No corrections are made to the average lifespan for homicides or lifestyle. The author exhibits a socialist bias. I rad no further after this hypocrisy.
  • Take the quiz

    5
    By 史威德
    Even f ur not interested in reading the book, I would recommend taking the short quiz at the beginning of the book to gauge ur understanding the of some important issues the world is facing.
  • Factfulness

    5
    By SDWill
    I highly recommend Factfulness to anyone who sincerely wants a better grasp on life; it is incomparable. Without intention, I’d previously read “Behave”, by Robert Sapolsky, and the two combined create a tidal wave of understanding the human condition.
  • Life changing perspective

    5
    By JON in Spokane
    In a world of “fake news” and alarming headlines, Hans Rosling and his family bring reason and thought back to our world-view. I could not put this book down after I started reading!
  • Stop. Go read this.

    5
    By takamikey
    Fascinating, perspective altering and interesting from cover to cover!