- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Sceptre (3 April 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1473637465
- ISBN-13: 978-1473637467
- Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 3.2 x 20.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 275 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About The World - And Why Things Are Better Than You Think Hardcover – 3 Apr 2018
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A hopeful book about the potential for human progress when we work off facts rather than our inherent biases.
One of the most important books I've ever read-an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world.
A powerful antidote to pervasive pessimism and populist untruths. (Observer, Book of the Year)
Factfulness ... , a light-hearted but data-rich book, calibrates our view of the world and explains how our cognitive processes can lead us astray (New Statesman, The best books of 2018)
Wonderful... a passionate and erudite message that is all the more moving because it comes from beyond the grave... His knack for presentation and delight in statistics come across on every page. Who else would choose a chart of "guitars per capita" as a proxy for human progress? (Financial Times)
An immensely cheering book in these anxious times. (The Times)
An assault both on ignorance and pessimism . . . helping countries improve their governance and public health and opening them up to the rule of law and market exchange works. But not by some sort of magic. Because we act. And to this, as Rosling argues, we first have to understand the world we live in. (The Times)
A wonderful guide to an improving world, as well as being a well-stocked source of sound advice as to how to think about factual and statistical claims . . . The book is a pleasure to read - simple, clear, memorable writing - and when you've finished you'll be a lot wiser about the world. You'll also feel rather happier . . . Factfulness - the relaxing peace of mind you get when you have a clearer view of how the world really is . . . I strongly recommend this book.
We need more of this way of thinking, both in business and politics. Where better to start than a new book by one of Gates' favourite gurus, the late Swedish statistician Hans Rosling . . . in an age of so-called post-truth, this is a celebration of the all too often repudiated but underlying story of relentless human progress. (Sunday Telegraph)
[Bill] Gates had selected the tomes as his favourite summer reads . . . [which included] feel-good non-fiction . . . celebrating technological progress and genius, such as Hans Rosling's Factfulness. (FT Magazine)
'A hopeful book about the potential for human progress when we work off facts rather than our inherent biases.' BARACK OBAMA
Timely, short and essential, FACTFULNESS reveals the power of facts in a post-truth world, by late international sensation Hans Rosling ('a true inspiration' - Bill Gates) and his long-term collaborators Ola and Anna.See all Product description
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However, the book format allows him to move way beyond this and Factfulness is by far the best book about developing sound real-world thinking and practical judgment that I have ever read. It ranks way up there on this hard-to-teach topic alongside studying the lives and words of people like Lee Kuan Yew, Charlie Munger and Charles Darwin.
The book entertainingly spans evidence-based reasoning, statistical thinking (as opposed to its more common cousin - anecdotal outrage), psychological cognitive biases, self-awareness, looking through media biases (usually towards sensationalist, fear-mongering bad news) and thinking through effective, actionable solutions to material real-world problems including non-intuitive, indirect ones. Rosling is unusual in his ability to abstract out a range of conceptual tools that we can use across situations, while using examples from his experience to keep such concepts relatable and grounded.
Rosling's day job was as a medical doctor specialising in controlling epidemics around the world. He has witnessed gut-wrenching tragedy first-hand. However, rather than despair or be guided by emotions, he objectively looks for the most effective solutions that can help do most good even if it worsens the situation immediately confronting him. As an illustration, the most effective tool to limit high population growth in poor countries isn't family planning propaganda but better sanitation (infant mortality is disproportionately caused by contamination of water with sewage and reducing this automatically causes parents to try for fewer children). This then has spillover benefits for family health, women's empowerment and fewer children getting more attention and resources, making it far more likely that the family will escape from abject poverty over a generation.
Rosling is a nuanced thinker, able to convey seemingly contradictory thoughts in a way that allows the reader to navigate a grey, messy world rather than a neat, binary one popularised by academics and journalists. As an illustration, he paints a nuanced picture of how things can be both bad and better at the same time. Often, activists are so outraged by things being bad (all we have to do in a place like India is to look around) that they deny any notion that things are actually getting better in many ways. In reality, acknowledging, appreciating and understanding how things are getting better is the way to fix what is still clearly bad.
This is the kind of book that all of us should read, as a great starting point towards being lesser idiots in whatever we have set out to do.
This book will remain a classic for a century.
Hans Rosling died of pancreatic cancer. May his Soul rest in peace.
Summary:The author describes the instincts through which people make decisions and has categorized them accordingly.The author explains, The Gap Instinct, in which the author says we try to divide things into two,like success or failure, loss or gain but the world scenarios cannot always be divided into binary,so he gives the example of rich and poor countries.He says why its blantantly wrong to categorize one nation as rich and other as poor, when in fact the incomes of two such countries overlap on normal distribution.This is given by the example of America( considered rich nation) and Mexico(considered poor nation).Infact some percent of people in mexico earn more than the average median salary of an american.
Thus,The median incomes of poor and rich countries are insufficient to determine which one is poor or rich.
The author describes other such instincts to explain the irrational decision making and negative world view. Rosling says we have a negative view about economies collapsing,poverty,terrorism and environmental problems of the world.But with the help of data the author says that this is indeed the best time ever to live on the planet and we shouldn’t believe the wrong picture painted by media moguls.
Conclusion:This book really helped me understand the current situations of the world,and how the world is really improving with the help of data.The author says that this book needs to be revised frequently to keep pace with the developments around the world.I loved reading this book and if you too love reading about conditions & developments around the world you as well enjoy this beautiful read.