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Showing of reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I bought this book after seeing Bill Gates recommendation, and I have been really enjoying it. It goes a long way towards explaining human cognitive behavior in the face of today's "us vs. It ought to be required reading at the high school level IMHO. It's very well written and readable the author is famous for his Ted talks on the subject.
He really wants to help everyone understand and learn how to better evaluate what they hear about the world. The Kindle version is currently broken on some devices at least my Chromebook running the Android Kindle app where it won't render any page contents properly unless you tap to zoom out to the page browsing mode where it does look correct.
Hans Rosling explains how media bias, ideological preconceptions and statistical illiteracy makes most people in rich countries believe in a gloomy and spectacularly wrong worldview. The book carefully explains by data and vivid examples how positive developments are systematically underreported, while disaster news are vastly over-reported.
Rosling categorise the 10 most important sources of bias and misconceptions as well as explaining strategies on how to avoid them. This book is a treasure trove of evidence based reasoning, global statistics and myth busting! These books have a lot in common, both in goal and tone, but I enjoyed Rosling's book much more.
Unless you have watched Roslings famous lectures available on TED and Youtube , this book will forever change the way you understand global health, demography and development.
Listen to his TED talk and save yourself the cost of this book and the environment the cost of the tree used to make it and the fossil fuel used to send it to you. The author is a complete narcissist and insulting in his tone. Or maybe just jump. Though I enjoyed Enlightenment Now, I think Factfulness drives home the same message that our world is truly making positive progress, but with such gripping real world observations that it almost reads more like Dr.
His stories from the field illustrate the devastating results that our ignorance and biases can create. But others so clearly show the progress we, as a species, have made as a result of our better understanding of the facts. I would definitely recommend reading both Enlightenment Now, for a more academic and research-based perspective, and Factfulness, for its memorable stories that drive home the need for fact-based thinking.
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