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

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

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 Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. ...

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Title:Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
Author:Hans Rosling
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:342 pages pages

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

  • David
    Jun 15, 2018
    This is a fascinating book about how we think about the world, and many of the ways in which we think incorrectly. To start off, the reader is encouraged to take the Factfulness quiz. It consists of thirteen multiple-choice questions. Most people do worse than pure chance, i.e., a chim...
  • Christine
    Feb 26, 2018
    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 h...
  • Laura
    Mar 31, 2018
    From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the week: 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 v...
  • Daniel Clausen
    Aug 17, 2018
    This is probably one of the most important books available today. Why? Because our world is desperately in need of a shared sense of reality, and it's very important that this reality has a solid grounding in science and reason. The book is not without its controversy. The charts and g...
  • Mehrsa
    Apr 28, 2018
    Why I am right and everyone is wrong. I gave a bunch of really smart people a quiz and they all got it wrong --how could they be so dumb? The book proceeds in this way. The point is taken--things are way better than they seem. I get it. I believe his facts (though I dispute some of his...
  • Bettie☯
    Mar 30, 2018
    BOTW https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09x... 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 B...
  • Erik
    May 03, 2018
    ?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...
  • Andy
    Apr 28, 2018
    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 an...
  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    Oct 21, 2018
    ?Factfulness? is about you being convinced to view through rose-colored lenses each metaphorical cup of water provided by NGO/government/charity is half-full! The respectably-sourced graphs and charts included show the economic, health, and wealth status of the people of earth are ...
  • Nelson Zagalo
    Oct 19, 2018
    Nos ltimos anos tenho-me posicionado cada vez mais do lado dos cticos em relao a anlises do real a partir de nmeros. Para isso muito tem contribudo a voragem a que todos vamos sendo submetidos por meios de avaliao que no levam em conta quem somos, mas apenas o que d...
  • Tom LA
    Feb 13, 2019
    I knew I would have enjoyed Factfulness but it?s even better than I thought. Rosling sounds a bit like Steven Pinker but without all the philosophical and historical bias that ruins Pinker?s books. The core message though is the same: the world is getting better, not worse....
  • Emily May
    Nov 28, 2018
    It is not easy to say anything bad about this book. Not because there aren?t issues with it - there are - but because this was Rosling?s last passion project that he completed while battling through his final months with pancreatic cancer. If you are unmoved by his son?s final wo...
  • Betsy
    Aug 09, 2018
    I have mixed feelings about this book. Sometimes it made me angry, seeming to be very preachy and self-important. "Everything you do and are now is wrong and here's why." When someone comes at me with that kind of message, I tend to get very defensive. But I always kept reading because...
  • Tanja Berg
    Jun 30, 2018
    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 release...
  • Tomas Ramanauskas
    Jan 01, 2019
    ?Everything you know is wrong? kind of books are tricky to pull of, they start by cornering a reader and then gradually reveal themselves to be source of enlightment? sort of. Even mighty Hans Rosling stumbles with this exlamatory promise. His overall thesis, that we live in ...
  • ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
    Jul 13, 2018
    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 ...
  • Ross Blocher
    Mar 12, 2019
    Factfulness joins the ranks of worldview-changing books I heartily recommend to everyone. It offers an updated global perspective on economic development, health, and other key markers of wellness. One of the myths Rosling (and his co-authors Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rnnlund) set...
  • Michael Perkins
    Jun 07, 2018
    ?I really do believe that our attitudes are shaped much more by our social groups than they are by facts on the ground. We are not great reasoners. Most people don't like to think at all, or like to think as little as possible. And by most, I mean roughly 70 percent of the population...
  • SeyedMahdi Hosseini
    Oct 12, 2018
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  • Radiantflux
    Jul 22, 2018
    78th book for 2018. 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 d...
  • Khurram
    Jan 16, 2019
    A very good book, with a very important message about finding facts from data, and more importantly finding the truth in all the information fed to us. This is the a last effort from Hans Rowling, and him long time contributors (family). It contains real stories and new ways of look...
  • Apoorva
    Dec 11, 2018
    Factfulness is written by Hans Rosling, a doctor, a researcher, and a lecturer in global health along with his son Ola and daughter-in-law Anna Rosling, both of whom were responsible for compiling the data. The data is presented in the form of bubble charts, graphs and it?s verified ...
  • Shalini Sinha
    Apr 15, 2018
    "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 think logically by taking everything to the basics rather than already starting wit...
  • Amin
    Mar 21, 2019
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  • Scott
    May 05, 2018
    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 que...
  • Bill Gates
    May 18, 2018
    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?v...
  • ScienceOfSuccess
    Jul 03, 2018
    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. ...
  • 4triplezed
    Dec 11, 2018
    A clever book that has plenty of good news in explaining 10 reasons why the vast majority of us are wrong in thinking the worst. I recommend this to those that prefer their reading less than dry. Hans Rosling's style is very folksy, not for me personally, but I understand why others ma...
  • Marilla
    Feb 21, 2018
    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 en...
  • Mats Mehrstedt
    May 11, 2018
    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 invent...