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 is a 2018 book by Hans Rosling. In his book, Rosling suggests the vast majority of human beings are wrong about the state of the world. He shows that his test subjects think the world is poorer, less healthy, and more dangerous than it is. Rosling recommends thinking about the world as divided into four levels based on income brackets. He suggests ten instincts that prevent us from seeing real progress in the world. These are listed as Gap, Negativity, Straight Line, Fear, Size, Generalization, Destiny, Single, Blame, and Urgency.
|Author||Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Ola Rosling|
|April 3, 2018|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover)|
|Website||Gapminder: Factfulness (the book)|
Bill Gates highlighted the book as one of his suggested 5 books worth reading for summer 2018. A Business Insider review notes that although Rosling argues that the future will be better than expected because birth rates are stabilizing, life expectancy around the world is increasing, the gender gap is nearly closed, and the extremely impoverished population is shrinking, others point out that populations are still expanding (with many still under-nourished), life expectancy in the US is decreasing, the gender gap is only nearly closed in education and not in employment, and extreme wealth has become more extreme.
The four income levelsEdit
Rosling criticizes the notion of dividing the world into the "developed world" and the "developing world", saying it's a outdated view. He shows that today most countries are "developed" and the ones that aren't don't fit how developing countries were when the term became popular. Instead, he offers a four category model based on income:
- 1–4$ a day
- 4–8$ a day
- 16–32$ a day
- 32$+ a day
The world is getting betterEdit
One frequent and recurring theme of Factfulness is the notion that the world is getting better. It also stresses that many people think the world is getting worse when in fact it is not. The survey at the beginning states that with over 10,000 poll recipients 80% knew less about the world than chimps would have they just guessed. This shows that the media systematically skew data, trends, and uses selective stories to make people think that the world is getting worse.
- Hardyment, Christina (2018). "Review: Factfulness by Hans Rosling, read by Simon Slater". The Times.
- Millen, Robbie (2018). "Review: Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling". The Times.
- Mahadevan-Dasgupta, Uma (2018). "Factfulness review: The miracle of human progress". The Hindu.
- Brueck, Hilary (April 4, 2018). "The author of one of Bill Gates' favorite books says the world isn't as apocalyptic as you might think - here are five of his top reasons why". Business Insider. Retrieved October 4, 2018.CS1 maint: Date and year (link)
- "Factfulness 10 Rules of Thumb". Gapminder. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
- Gates, Bill (May 21, 2018). "5 books worth reading this summer". Retrieved October 4, 2018.
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