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Factfulness

Ten Reasons We're Wrong About The World - And Why Things Are Better Than You Think
Sprecher: Simon Slater
Spieldauer: 7 Std. und 59 Min.
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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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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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Enlightening. Made me more optimistic

The reader is perfect. The points are made clear, almost too many times. Good anecdotes!

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Factful

A wonderful written books about facts we should know, we must know, that will help us navigate our life on a much better and focused way!

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And the world is better than we all think ...

Yes, it is but you do not think that this is the case? It is a reality and nobody can deny the facts evidencing that the world has become much more better than most of us would expect. Factfulness shows a new view of the world – sorry, I would not say it is new, but it is simply a fact-based view. A view which makes it difficult to argue against it as it is evidenced by clear statistics and facts.

The books starts with 13 key questions about the world and most people are not able to answer at least the majority of them correctly. Most people (and I do not want to exclude myself) think that we are living in a difficult and challenging world with lot of poverty, where most people need to fight every day for electricity and are not able to send their kids, in particular girls, to school. When you have finished the book, you will understand that this is not the case. The reality is completely different than you may have expected and also completely different than the media unfortunately makes us believe. In this sense, factfulness does also mean recognizing when we get negative news, and remembering that information about bad events is much more likely to reach us.

Seeing the world factfully is, however, key to understand how the world really works. The fact that great politicians de facto determining about our world are not aware of them, is not only surprising but also dangerous. This does obviously not mean that everything in the world is great – things may be bad and are also bad but at the same time they have become better. "Bad and better" – to understand that both could occur at the same time is of utmost importance to understand the world.

The outlined key framework of the world was a breakthrough to me: It starts with the PIN code of the world, being 1-1-1-4 (1b people live in America, 1b in Europe, 1b in Africa and 4b in Asia) and provides for 4 groups in which based on income the world may be split. The latter PIN code is 1-3-2-1. In the first group of extreme poverty (<$2) 1b people live, in level 2 ($2-$8/d) 3b people live, in level 4 ($8-$32/d) 2b people live and in the rich countries (>$32/d) 1b people live. Hence, the reality is that most people live in middle income countries and NOT in extreme poverty. This is reality and based on facts (worldbank). However, the media only show us the extreme poverty or the extreme richness.

There are plenty of remarkable things to talk about – a book everyone should have read to better understand the world.

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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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great

Great. useful, authentic very interesting. the storyline was much more appealing thanni thought just based on the title.

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Simply a must for everyone!

I'm absolutely sure there is something in here for you too. Be humble and curious, give it a chance and learn a bit more about how the world actually is.

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Every person should read this!

The most useful book! Should be read in schools everywhere!
now I'm just trying to fill in the words.

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A must read.

I can’t think of a better way to kick off 2019. It will change how you view the world and your role in it.

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Livechanging views

Livechanging views on the worlds most alarming problems.
Easy to understand, stories one will keep in mind.