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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
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 25th 2018 by Sceptre
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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My late friend Hans Rosling called the labels “outdated” and “meaningless.”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
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Andy
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,
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Marilla
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
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Christine
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
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Shalini Sinha
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 and revolutionize the orthodox views we have had since forever.

In my opinion, "Factfulness" is the 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 ho
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Laura
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Laura by: Bettie☯
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Bettie☯
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: bbc radio listeners
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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
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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
Pete
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
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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
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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
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Erik
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
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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
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
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Jennifer
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
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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
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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.
Anna
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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Simona Paunova
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book comes from an author who has not read about the world but rather experienced it.
It's tedious but, it's an eye-opener for things we do see and happen right in front of us, yet most of us are still not aware of their existence.

An utter must-read. By presenting real fact-based data, it copes with our misconceptions and misbeliefs, most of them perceived by commonly shared sentiments - an overdramatic worldview, negative instincts or fear. It does not advocate to turn our backs on the pr
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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
Marcin Zaremba
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ostatnia praca Hansa Roslinga przed śmiercią: książka o tym jak walczyć z ignorancją u siebie i u innych.

Choć to książka, którą łatwo się czyta, to jest pełna szokujących (dla mnie) odkryć. Szokujących bo pokazujących na obiektywnych danych, że świat wokół nas jest zupełnie inny niż sobie wyobrażamy (i co mówią nam ludzie i media dookoła). Z przyjemnością czytałem jak Hans rozjeżdża jak walec moje uproszczenia i stereotypy o świecie.

I to nawet mi, komuś, kto wszystkim powtarza, że będzie już ty
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Eric
I received this book through the Goodread's Giveaways Program.

This book was phenomenal. The good news is that there are many positives about our world, and many things are far better than what we are led to believe. This book will help you question your perceptions about the state of the world and provide you with tools to better question data that is presented.

All in health education, social policy, international business, etc. should read this book!
Daniel Araújo
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is probably the book I'll be recommending the most after Sapiens.
Taylor Ahlstrom
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Similar to Enlightenment Now, Hans Rosling wants us to take a good, hard look at how much the world has improved over the last 200 years, and uses reams of data to help make his point. In a quiz he has administered to thousands of people from students to Nobel Laureates, he has learned that most people think things are much worse than they actually are. But rather than espousing the Enlightenment ideals of Pinker (which he surely agrees with), Rosling instead calls for "fact-based living," layin ...more
Rachel
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I just received my copy of this book through the Goodreads Giveaway program. I am only on Chapter 1 but I already know I will be recommending this book to my clients and friends. With so much fake news being presented to us in various ways, learning how to sift through all of the data in order to form an intelligent view of the world is crucial.
Alexander Curran
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
“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 o ...more
Jason
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, science
“Wouldn’t you rather have few opinions that are right than many that are wrong?”

Although Factfulness covers similar ground to Stephen Pinker's 2012 book The Better Angels of Our Nature, arguing that the world is improving by virtually every measure imaginable and encouraging to the reader to reject knee-jerk doomsday thinking about the state of humanity, the above quote illustrates both how the book diverges from Pinker and illustrates its most important takeaway. In short, we've got to stop act
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Sameer Alshenawi
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
قرأت هذا الكتاب بسبب توصية بيل جيتس الذي اعتبره احد اهم الكتب الذي يجب على اي شخص قراءتها في حياته.
الكتاب يدعو الى النظر الى العالم من حولنا على أساس الحقائق فقط ، مشيرا الى أخطر عشرة اسباب تجعلنا لا نفهم هذا العالم .
و من هذه الاسباب فكرة إنتا نقسم العالم ، الى "هم " و " و نحن " دون ان ندرك ان هناك نقاط مشتركة كثيرة و ان تقسيم مثل العالم المتقدم و النامي غير صحيح ..
و كذلك سيطرة نظرة واحدة على افكارنا مثل الأيدولوجيات ، او مجال الخبرة فنميل الى تحليل العالم من خلال الأيديولوجية او الدين الذي نؤمن
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Tom Keenan
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hans Rosling has some of the most amazing TED talks ever. Check them out if you’re not familiar with them. Sadly this is his last book. He died late last year of pancreatic cancer but what a legacy he has left.

Think the world is going to hell in a hand basket? Hans clearly and convincingly demonstrates that, in fact, despite remaining problems, there is progress in almost every respect. He has a quiz at the front (multiple choice) in which chimpanzees do better than any group of humans- includi
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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.” 9 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.” 9 likes
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