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Factfulness

Ten Reasons We're Wrong About The World - And Why Things Are Better Than You Think
Lu par : Simon Slater
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Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of carrying only opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. 

When asked simple questions about global trends - why the world's population is increasing; how many young women go to school; how many of us live in poverty - we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers. 

In Factfulness, Professor of International Health and a man who can make data sing, Hans Rosling, together with his two longtime collaborators Anna and Ola, offers a radical new explanation of why this happens and reveals the 10 instincts that distort our perspective. 

It turns out that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than we might think. 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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 

©2018 Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Factfull

Changed how I look at things in the world and form fact based objective opinions.

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Livre passionnant

A écouter ! Au delà des anecdotes de véritables outils pour repenser le monde avec un nouvel œil critique

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An ignorance killer

This book is a mind opener. I always considered myself very curious abd open minded about the world. Especially that I come from a mix from a poor and rich country. However I was stunned to see how I was still full of stereotypes and misconceptions.

What is very important with this book is that beyond the facts that are pulled, it gives very concrete structure for establishing truth based on facts rather than opinions based on instincts.

Thank you very much for the writing that book!

Maxime

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The truth through facts

This audio brings out the truth through facts : we live in a brighter world than we imagine!

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Paradigm shifting!

I want to start over and take notes to put on my fridge. Very important book that should be thought in schools all over the world.

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A book for all!

Such an important book, should be read by everyone! Eye opening and very interesting! Rosling is hopeful and bases this on facts.

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  • Hassan
  • 13/04/2018

Awakening book

This is one of the greatest books I have ever read. It wakes me up and make me more humble about my knowledge of the world and my analytical capability.

It is well-written and the concepts are beautifully demonstrated.

The most important part of the book is that it is based on real life experiences that the author himself lived while he traveled to different parts of the world.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10/04/2018

A masterpiece!

Great content, better than I expected. The story was really good and I loved the examples from Hans life. It made the book more authentic.

The narrator did a great job, and made the experience very pleasant.

I can therefore recommend this book to everyone who want's to broaden there perspectives, become more sceptical, but in the same time, understand the world with a new set of eyes.

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  • Neuron
  • 09/06/2018

An antidote to panic-driven worldviews

I put this book in the same category as Pinker’s recent Enlightenment Now and the earlier Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley. The book provides a lot of facts about the world and how the world has changed over the last five decades, and the facts are indeed encouraging. Hans Rosling is careful to point out that he does not like being called an optimist because it insinuates some degree of naivety. Hans Rosling prefers to be called a realist, and I think – he sees the world as it is, including both problems and solutions. The fact that the world is getting better does not mean that it is perfect or that we can lean back and watch the show. However, it does mean that we are probably doing some things right and it is essential to identify those things so that we can keep doing them.

Unfortunately, the media are terrible at identifying things that work in the world, and they are especially poor at identifying gradual improvements in the world. Rather the media feeds on a disaster, crime, panic, and drama and since a world with 7 billion people will always have enough drama for 30 minutes of news, then that is what the media focus on, and that is what people see. Giving the media all the blame is probably not fair. The media, after all, live in symbiosis with media consumers – they tend to show what people watch and people like to attend a drama. There has been peace in Sweden for 200 years, and guess what, no war broke out today either! Amazing! No, that is not news. So how can we get out of this eternal loop of increasingly gloomy worldviews in a world where progress has never been more evident. Well, reading this book is probably a step in the right direction.

The books begin with some questions about the world. In low-income countries, how many girls finish primary school? Does the majority of the world population live in poor or middle-income countries? What is the life expectancy in the world today? What percentage of the world population are vaccinated today? People, because of their gloomy worldview, tend to get these questions completely wrong. Hans Rosling likes to compare the accuracy of different groups (including politicians and people working at the world bank who really ought to know the answer), to that of chimps. The chimps almost always outperform us because they don’t know anything about the world and therefore guess. But guessing turn out to be better than systematic pessimism, which seems to be the default among humans.

In the remaining part of the book, Rosling revisits each of these questions and based on data from undisputed sources he explains why, in all except one case, the correct and is also the most favorable answer. Poverty is going down drastically. Most people in the world live in middle-income countries. The percentage of girls finishing primary school is almost the same as for boys etc. Intermingled with these more data-driven passages, Rosling includes personal anecdotes from his long career as a public health worker. These anecdotes are fascinating and add to the appeal of the book as well as to my admiration for Rosling.

There are a few surprises in the book. One is Rosling’s claim (based on hard data), that progress does not depend on democracy. Countries such as South Korea, the home of LG, Samsung, Kia, etc., had enormous growth while it was still a military dictatorship. Only later has it become a well-functioning democracy. Rosling is also ambiguous when it comes to activists. He says that activists do drive changes, often in the right direction. However, he also argues that they are prone to exaggerations. Women’s activists, for example, tend to spread the news about how women suffer, but not about the progress such as the fact that girls today are almost as well educated as boys, globally speaking.

For a book that is relatively short, Rosling has managed to include a great deal of data that I think every person in the world should know. Again, not so that we can pad our shoulder and call it a day, but rather so that we can identify what works and continue to do what works. The book is also an enjoyable read with a good flow and a nice mix of anecdotes and data to back up those anecdotes. I think that Bill Gates did a wise thing when he made this book available to all college graduates in the US, and I hope that all college graduates grasp their opportunity to read this excellent book!

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  • Alexandru
  • 01/05/2018

A must read for everybody

No matter how well informed you are Factfulness is a useful book. It is not only about facts but also about approaching the world with critical thinking even to contradict this book, I am sure Hans would not mind. I think that under all the modern noise, under all the fake news, all the manipulating politicians, a bit of factulness is exactly what the people need.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18/04/2018

Spectacular and humbling

It just completely demolished my world view. I became much more humble, yet strangely optimistic about the world. RIP Mr. Rossling. Your factfullness is here to stay with me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05/12/2019

One of the best books I have ever read/listened to

Excellent content, Narration. I also have the phisical book with the graphs - they go well in parallel

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  • Reidar
  • 16/11/2019

A must-read for every inhabitant on Tellus

Contains facts and thinking tools that are absolutely essential for every one of us claiming to understand the world we are living in.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 02/11/2019

Amazing!

This is an absolutely amazing book that I tremendously enjoyed listening to. It made me very happy and motivated.
I highly recommend it.

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  • Jimbob
  • 16/10/2019

the best book of my life. listen to it, please!

This book is life changing by simply showing the truth and changing your perspective on the world.

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  • Cliente de Amazon
  • 03/10/2019

If you have a curious mind, look no further

This book will keep you interested and exited from the beginning to the very end, just a great book that describes every topic in a simple, factual way, this if one of the few books where I felt every chapter and every section had a purpose and it was the size it needed to be. Just a well written book supported by a lifetime of research.

One of the best book I have ever read/hear, you won’t regret it

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  • Robsky
  • 14/09/2018

Essential reading

Most of us think the world is getting worse, so we get depressed, blame others and vote for change. The rise of nationalist parties, populist leaders and events such as Brexit may have been averted if more of us had realised the truth: the world is gradually and steadily getting better. While there is still plenty to do and we need to act faster, we should be encouraged by our progress as it shows we can improve the world. So how do we avoid having the wrong view of the world and making the wrong choices going forward? We read This book and start to focus on real facts rather than the drama we absorb in the media.

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  • Gründgens
  • Köln, Deutschland
  • 13/02/2019

Das wohl wichtigstes Buch des Jahres, wenn nicht des Jahrhunderts

Wenig hat mich in den letzten Jahren so beeindruckt, wie dieses Buch.
Es öffnet die Augen für das Wesentliche und den wirklichen Zustand der Welt - fern ab von medialer Panikmache und subjektivem Jammern.
LESEN!!!

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  • Benedikt Franz
  • 25/11/2019

Gives me hope and balance

I like how this book really gives a healthy perspective on the world and they way it may well turn out in the next few decades. Thank you, Hans, Ola and Anna. Also, Simon Slater did a brilliant job of narrating this book, his calm and professional reading style fits this book perfectly.

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  • Georg Michna
  • 13/11/2019

Important Principles, Questionable Details

Factfulness raises awareness of the gross and systematic errors the vast majority of people make on global, quantitative questions. You are likely to be surprised just how massive this problem is, and be reminded to let data, not dramatic appeals to intuition, guide your world view. The concepts are absolutely sound and useful, and for the fact questions and statistics alone, the book is worth a listen. In the details though, its results and answers should be questioned. Firstly, it suffers from an irrational love for arguments from authority. For example, it argues to not trust forecasts without assessing their reliability and precision, and also talks about the great variance in global risks and the unknown. But it also repeatedly asks you to believe in an official population forecast that goes over 80 years (!!) into the future, a guess similar to forecasting today's world at the beginning of the Second World War. More generally: the book teaches great principles, but is hypocritical about applying them. The most egregious example of this is how it teaches to avoid a constrained perspective. It gives the example of capitalistic deregulation versus socialistic regulation, and how extremists on both sides create problems. The correct answer, so the book claims, should be case-by-case, or in between the two, based on data. This (very Nordic) answer is given in great detail. It consistently treats markets as if only one kind exists, and thereby constrains the high-dimensional space of incentive systems into a literally one-dimensional solution. The question of why these systems behave as they do is left unasked; instead, the book repetitively celebrates the wisdom of the upgrade to one dimension when coming from a zero-dimensional perspective. As someone deeply convinced of the value of seeking different perspectives, I found this part very hard to listen to, especially because I believe that is this exact issue where the world most direly needs a better perspective. But when Factfulness held the crucial pieces in hand, it failed at taking the final step, reverting to Nordic Model dogma. Overall, I still recommend the book. It gives great information, raises awareness of real problems, and taught me a lot about middle-income countries and their distorted representation in the media. Please read it with an open but critical mind, befitting the spirit in which Factfulness was written.

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  • David K
  • 25/10/2019

Inspirational and creative<br />

Thoroughly enjoyed this book.. Listened to within twenty four hours.. Authors managed to highlight innovative and optimistic challenging ideas

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20/10/2019

Good read, makes you think twice...

Great book, makes you think and
question your knowledge... or rather what you think you know

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  • Anonymer Hörer
  • 18/10/2019

Klare Empfehlung!

Bestes Buch, dass ich dieses Jahr gelesen/gehört habe. Regt einen reflektierteren Umgang mit Menschen aus anderen Ländern an und verschafft einen Überblick über globale Entwicklungen.

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  • claudia zlabinger
  • 27/08/2019

THE RED PILL...

...against the omnipresently spread doomsday cult of current journalism, art and social / environmental / climate activism.

Proofable facts counter vague feelings to give a better foundation for reasonable, effective and responsible arguments and actions.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08/08/2019

The right book in an ever more noisy world

This book should handed out in every senior year in high school and every junior year in college latest. The world would benefit greatly if a lot more people would take a step back and make up their mind BEFORE they speak or act.

Hans Rosling delivers a great perspective on how our own psychie tricks us from time to time and especially how fear keeps us from thinking straight.

The major reason why I like this book very much, is that Hans - an outspoken data guy - claims over and over again that mind AND heart have to work together to unfold our full potential. Not just rationality, but also the emotional capability of us make us fully human!

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  • Alex Romijn
  • Niederlande
  • 05/08/2019

Excellent

Great book to challenge your own knowledge and world view... and not being pessimistic. The world changes.