Review Factfulness eBook: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things Are Better Than You Think 2018
In this book Factfulness eBook, Hans Rosling gives a new and fundamental explanation of the cause of this phenomenon. He uncovers ten instincts that distort our perspective and our tendency to divide the world into two groups (usually a version of them and us) to understand how humanity is progressing (with the belief that most things are getting worse) to The way that is reflected in our media. Our problem is that we don’t know anything about what we don’t know. Even our guesses are influenced by our subconscious mind and preconceived biases.
With all its flaws, the world is in much better shape than we might imagine. That’s not to say there aren’t real concerns. Still, when worrying about everything, we lose our ability to focus on more critical and fundamental issues instead of embracing a reality-based worldview.
A New York Times and Amazon bestseller, Reality by Hans Rosling, is an essential guide to thinking clearly about the world that will change the way you see the world and prepare you for future crises and opportunities.
Bill Gates said about this book: He will give a volume of this book to all those who graduate from American universities this year!
When asked simple questions about global trends, such as: what percentage of the world’s population lives in poverty; Why is the world’s population increasing? How many girls finish school? We systematically get the questions wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing the answers at random will always outrank teachers, journalists, Nobel laureates, and financial advisors.
In a part of the Factfulness PDF of reality, you read:
Think about the world. War, violence, natural disasters, unnatural disasters, corruption. It sounds terrible and makes things look worse. The rich are getting richer, and the poor are getting poorer, and the number of poor people is increasing; Soon, we will run out of resources unless we do something serious about it. At least, this is the image that most Westerners see in their media and have a place in their minds. I call this an overdramatic worldview. This worldview is stressful and misleading.
Most of the world’s population lives in the middle of the global income scale. They may not be the middle class we think of, but they don’t live in extreme poverty either. Their daughters go to school, their children are vaccinated, they live in two-child families, and they tend to go abroad on vacation, not as refugees. Gradually, not by every measure or year, but as a rule, the world is improving. Although the world is facing many challenges, we have made tremendous progress. This worldview is based on reality.
This overly dramatic worldview leads people to negative and extreme responses. People always refer to their worldview when they think and learn about the world. So if your worldview needs to be corrected, you will consistently and systematically make incorrect guesses. But this over-dramatic worldview is not created but based only on old information. Even people accessing the latest information had a distorted view of the world. And I am convinced it is not the media’s fault, propaganda, fake news, or wrong facts.
My decades of experience speaking, experimenting, and observing how people misinterpret facts even when they’re right in front of them have finally led me to conclude that overly dramatic worldviews are hard to change because of the different ways the brain works. It depends on us.
Table of contents of the Factfulness Free
About the author
Chapter 1: Gap Instinct
Chapter Two: The negative instinct
Chapter 3: Instinct to follow a straight line
Chapter 4: Instinct of Fear
Chapter Five: Size Instinct
Chapter Six: Generalist Instinct
Chapter Seven: Destiny Instinct
Chapter 8: One-dimensional attitude instinct
Chapter 9: Blame Instinct
Chapter 10: Urgent Instinct
Chapter 11: Reality in Action
Rules of thumb of reality
The Story of Writing a Book
Biography of the authors
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