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 Review

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.




“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.

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

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  • Bill Gates

    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about the developed and developing world all the time, but I shouldn’t.My late friend Hans Rosling called the labels “outdated” and “meaningless.”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 togeth...

  • ?Misericordia? ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ?????? ????

    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...

  • Andy

    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 "e...

  • Radiantflux

    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...

  • Marilla

    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...

  • Daniel Clausen

    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 grou...

  • Tanja Berg

    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 de...

  • 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; i...

  • Christine

    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 l...

  • Mats Mehrstedt

    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 he...