Factfulness : Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World - and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
by Rosling, Hans; Rosling, Ola (CON); Rönnlund, Anna Rosling (CON)

Author's Noteix
Chapter One The Gap Instinct
Chapter Two The Negativity Instinct
Chapter Three The Straight Line Instinct
Chapter Four The Fear Instinct
Chapter Five The Size Instinct
Chapter Six The Generalization Instinct
Chapter Seven The Destiny Instinct
Chapter Eight The Single Perspective Instinct
Chapter Nine The Blame Instinct
Chapter Ten The Urgency Instinct
Chapter Eleven Factfulness in Practice
Factfulness Rules of Thumb
Appendix: How Did Your Country Do?267(8)
Biographical Notes327(4)

Argues that the world is in a better state than people think it is, and that embracing a worldview based on facts will empower readers to respond to future crises and opportunities.

Hans Rosling was a medical doctor, professor of international health and renowned public educator. He was an adviser to the World Health Organization and UNICEF, and co-founded Médecins sans Frontières in Sweden and the Gapminder Foundation. His TED talks have been viewed more than 35 million times, and he was listed as one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world. Hans died in 2017, having devoted the last years of his life to writing Factfulness.

Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Hans's son and daughter-in-law, were co-founders of the Gapminder Foundation, and Ola its director from 2005 to 2007 and from 2010 to the present day. After Google acquired the bubble-chart tool called Trendalyzer, invented and designed by Anna and Ola, Ola became head of Google's Public Data Team and Anna the team's senior user experience (UX) designer. They have both received international awards for their work.

Sure to grab attention with its catchy subtitle, this book by the late academic, statistician, and TED Talk star explains in plain prose how and why the most intelligent among us hold mistaken beliefs about important worldwide issues like poverty, education, population, demographics, health, and the environment. This is no academic treatise; Rosling uses simple charts and graphs to turn years of data into easily understandable evidence that contradicts erroneous mainstream ideas about overpopulation, undereducation of women in developing countries, vaccinations among the poor, the lethality of natural disasters, and climate change. In an accessible, almost folksy prose, Rosling identifies various reasons why so many of us have ended up with so many faulty ideas about our world. These reasons are the crux of the book and cannot be reduced to aphorisms, but they involve issues like negativity, fear, generalization, blame, urgency, and destiny. Each chapter ends with a page of bullet-point summaries and motivational advice for the future. His final advice is to teach our children humility, curiosity, and a fact-based worldview. Recommended for all libraries. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

An influential thought leader puts a positive spin on global awareness.In his posthumous collaborative book poised to "fight devastating ignorance with a fact-based worldview," Swedish physician, global health lecturer, and academic statistician Rosling (1948-2017) parts the dingy curtains of global pessimism to reveal an alternate and uplifting perspective on the state of world issues today. Co-written with Rosling's son and daughter-in-law, the book effectively educates, uplifts, and reassures readers through chapters reinforced by focused, statistically sound research studies. Rosling presents 10 theoretical concepts, or "instincts," which are basic human impulses that often cause the general public to misinterpret and hyperbolize critical information about the contemporary world. Among the behaviors he cites that drive people to manifest an "overdramatic worldview" are the tendency to divide everything into two aspects ("us vs. them," the "developing" vs. the "developed" world), blaming one indicator for a myriad of troubles, and cultivating a negative mindset. Adding to the dynamically designed presentations of charts, images, data analysis, and personal anecdotes, the author also breaks up his succinct chapters with humor and common-sense reasoning bolstered by statistical data. Multiple choice questions on world knowledge are sure to surprise and enlighten readers curious about their own awareness levels and susceptibility to rush judgments, misconceptions, and defeatist mindsets. With unfailing optimism, Rosling administers a fact-based antidote to apocalyptic statistics like world population overgrowth, rampant infant deaths, and soaring crime rates, none of which are ballooning out of control but are fearfully perceived as such. He also examines five pressing real-world "risks" that demand attention: poverty, global warming, financial collapse, global pandemic, and a catastrophic third world war. In compelling readers to comprehend the positive aspects of world changes using practical thinking tools, Rosling delivers a sunny global prognosis with a sigh of relief. An insistently hopeful, fact-based booster shot for a doomsaying, world-weary population. Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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