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

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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 r
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 25th 2018 by Sceptre
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Danny Tanurahardja Hans Rosling dedicated his life to change the old persperctive of the world which frozen in time, the world is changing faster and ever but not…moreHans Rosling dedicated his life to change the old persperctive of the world which frozen in time, the world is changing faster and ever but not changing in our mindset. This book is Hans Rosling life, which everybody should read to create a better world(less)
Cybercrone I haven't read GG&S, but I really liked Factfulness. I don't think he's trying to convince people of how small the gap is, but to show that it's a…moreI haven't read GG&S, but I really liked Factfulness. I don't think he's trying to convince people of how small the gap is, but to show that it's a progression, not a gap - and to demonstrate how much progress has been made over the past few decades.(less)

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Bill Gates
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I talk about the developed and developing world all the time, but I shouldn’t.

My late friend Hans Rosling called the labels “outdated” and “meaningless.”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
☘Misericordia☘  ✺❂❤❣
This is either a very cruel book or a very fair one, and I'm not sure which one.

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
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rosling writes about the most important things in the world and does so in an accessible and entertaining style. He busts myths using facts. This is what non-fiction is supposed to be.

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,
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-enjoyed
I got this as an ARC from Goodreads Giveaways (do you know happy that made me? It is true I had a 20% chance of getting it, as opposed to the 0.0118% chance most of these giveaways have, but still. My first ARC! All the imperfections and missing dates and awkward formatting was very endearing).
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
Shalini Sinha
Everyone has a list of 5, 10 or xx books which come along every once in a while and completely change your perspectives on some of the convictions you've held for long. Factfulness is one such book; it has the prospective to challenge the orthodox views we have had since forever.

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
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I won a copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways.

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
Tanja Berg
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The first time I saw Rosling, he was explaining on television that most of the Syrian refugees are displaced in their own country, and not on their way to Europe. He had so many bright ideas. I was deeply saddened to hear of his death and I immediately shied from the postmortem released books. I did not want to be reminded. Eventually I realized my foolishness and this week I've been reading "Factfulness" while at the same time listening to Rosling's memoir on audio.

We need to learn to hold two
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Laura by: Bettie☯
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May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
“We’re all gonna die,” whispered the young knight next to me.

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
Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: waiting
TL;DR People as not as rich, and not as poor as we expect them to be. We can blame media and education for this, but we can't change it.
Romanas af Wolfsborg
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have had the opportunity of seeing professor Hans Rosling live at one event. He was giving one of his classic presentations enriched with his famous interactive diagrams. Hans was hastily bouncing around the scene and by using an oversized stick as a prop he was lively explaining how the world works. Which is not how many people think it does. The speech was impressive. The life of professor Rosling was even more impressive, and he shared a great deal of it throughout the years by using his un ...more
Mats Mehrstedt
May 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
In the last decades of his life Hans Rosling (1948 – 2017) made a world-wide career lecturing to large corporations, Wall Street bankers, hedge fund managers and gatherings of Nobel laureates and heads of states such as in Davos, about the statistics of the world. Roslings son invented a software so that you could present statistics with moving, shrinking and growing bubbles in different colors, which made an otherwise boring subject highly entertaining. The program could even be sold to Google. ...more
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: bbc radio listeners

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
Michael Perkins
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's a constant challenge to get our facts straight. Like most readers and others the author has challenged, I flunked the test at the beginning of the book.

Early in the book, he makes it clear he is not an optimist, never mind an idealist. He simply demonstrates what accurate data shows us about the world and the good news is that the world is improving. This does not mean, the author makes clear, that there are not serious issues in terms of politics, racism, and climate change. But we should
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Factfulness : Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think (2018) by Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund is an absolutely outstanding book about the most important numbers in the world and how most people around the world, including researchers, do not know them.

Everyone should read this book. It is superb. This review will try and say why. The book combines an engaging narrative with insight and a plethora of facts about our world.

Hans Rosling
May 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book came highly recommended by The Economist, amongst others, though to me it was unsurprising, lacked particularly interesting conclusions, and felt rather tedious.

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
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ale ano, dávám pět hvězdiček, to se skutečně nestává často. O knize jsem poprvé slyšela na blogu Billa Gatese, ale pak jsem ji pustila z hlavy. Až když jsem se vracela z dovolené a na pražském letišti jsem ji zahlédla při koupi lístku na autobus, řekla jsem si: „proč ne, koupím ji!“ Factfulness od Roslinga je z mého pohledu taková učebnice kritického myšlení pro začátečníky. V knize jsou srozumitelnou formou vysvětleny nejzávažnější problémy našeho rozhodování a popsáno, jak s nimi bojovat. Nedi ...more
Richard Block
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just the Facts

Hans Rosling's Factfulness is the companion to Steven Pinker's recent Enlightenment Now - and having read Pinker, I got 100% on Hans Rosling's Factfulness test. To any rational person, I recommend both books without reservation.

Like Pinker the late Rosling (died in 2017) wanted to know 'why' we are so wrong about our understanding of the world, and how to use facts to correct this understanding. Pinker goes further - he celebrates reason and science, and understands and utilises Da
Micke Goteman
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When Hans Rosling passed away last year, he left behind an incredible legacy, and a bold cry for our world to challenge our own thinking and assumptions. The book he has written with his son and daughter in-law is so fitting to who Hans was, and probably represents one of the most important messages of our time. Just like Hans' teaching, the book is a mixture of incredible and hilarious stories, and with built-in lessons that shakes up the way we often think in the west.

An easy read, and a power
Tristan Eagling
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of Hans Rosling since watching his Ted talks almost ten years ago, if you have not watched them stop reading this and go and do it now, you will thank me for it.

The first few chapters revisit the same ground , but the rest of this book is more of his inspired take on the importance of data.

The book makes you rethink your world view but more surprisingly from a book essentially about numbers is this book makes you well up with emotion. As well as being a clearly incredibility inte
Michael Austin
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Factfulness is the last offering of Hans Rosling's public career. A Swedish medical researcher, Rosling was a special kind of Don Quixote. He believed that most Westerners badly misunderstood the non-Western world, that we were trapped in an early-Cold war narrative of a "Developed World" and a "Developing World," and that we were making atrocious public policy based on these bad assumptions.

So he spend much of his life gathering data and finding ways to present it to people to disrupt the incor
Nyamka Ganni
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
We need more facts, more data and little bit of compassion!
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.

We need to keep data oriented, cool-headed analytical mind most of the time. With that mindset, we can overcome anything. Be prepared for everything for no one
José Luis
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hans Rosling, um dos autores (os outros são um filho e nora) e mentor de todo o trabalho, é conhecido por excelentes palestras no TedTalks. Sempre usando a ferramenta que eles criaram, o Gapminder. O livro é interessante demais, mostra os nossos vícios humanos de interpratação de dados, de tirar conclusões apressadas e de tomar decisões erradas com base em primeiras impressões. O ponto principal de todo o livro é visão sistêmica, análise sistêmica, aprender a enxergar não apenas fatores isolados ...more
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Opens your eyes to how things have really changed in the world in the last 20 -50 years.

Gives you a good sense of how the information we "think" we are using to make assumptions about the world is not really how we are making our opinions.

As someone who cares about having an accurate perspective of the world, I would recommend to anyone who thinks a lot about all kinds of global issues.

Joseph Agunbiade
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Factfulness by Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling and Ola Rosling.

It is a memoir of the life of a man who saw the world differently, the way everyone else should see it.

That with the right data you will always make the better Judgment.

That despite our passions we can only make meaningful impact if the facts are true and not exaggerated.

That the data of yesterday is not the same as that of today as such we must keep measuring.

And lastly that the world is getting better and to
If you only have time to read one book, then let it be this one. It is one of the most charming, heartwarming, inspiring books I've ever read. Though rooted in public health, this book shares the common misconceptions we all have regarding our worldview. These misconceptions are called the ten 'instincts', and Rosling discusses these in a very accessible way by combining his research with anecdotal evidence. These 'instincts' can also potentially cause missed opportunities in business as we fail ...more
Harald Groven
Hans Rosling explains how media bias, ideological preconceptions and statistical illiteracy makes most people (in rich countries) believe in a gloomy and spectacularly wrong worldview. The book carefully explains by data and vivid examples how positive developments are systematically underreported, while disaster news are vastly over-reported. Rosling categorise the 10 most important sources of bias and misconceptions as well as explaining strategies on how to avoid them.

This book is a treasure
Det finns ju inte att ge den här något annat än en femma.
Balazs Faluvegi
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A book that everyone should read. A very clear, practical and easy-to-understand panoramic picture about how the world stands today and how much most people misjudge it. If you've read Pinker's Enlightement Now, which is a good book by the way, this is even better and tells more in a shorter length, with great personal stories.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: humans
Won from a Goodreads giveaway

A lesson in critical thinking and optimism.

Back in elementary school, I recall reading books and taking quizzes on them for a reading program, but the thing was the quiz always came after I had finished the book...not in the introduction where Factfulness has theirs. All the same, I gave it a go. Out of the 13 questions asked, I answered 10 correctly and one I missed because I thought of the wrong species of a creature. Not bad I thought, but also not great. Well, I
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Hans Rosling (1948 – 2017) was a Swedish physician, academic, statistician, and public speaker.

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
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“People often call me an optimist, because I show them the enormous progress they didn't know about. That makes me angry. I'm not an optimist. That makes me sound naive. I'm a very serious “possibilist”. That’s something I made up. It means someone who neither hopes without reason, nor fears without reason, someone who constantly resists the overdramatic worldview. As a possibilist, I see all this progress, and it fills me with conviction and hope that further progress is possible. This is not optimistic. It is having a clear and reasonable idea about how things are. It is having a worldview that is constructive and useful.” 17 likes
“Forming your worldview by relying on the media would be like forming your view about me by looking only at a picture of my foot.” 15 likes
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