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Factfulness : ten reasons we're wrong about the world - and why things are better than you think

Author: Hans Rosling ; with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling R�onnlund. R�onnlund, Anna Rosling, ; Hans Rosling; Ola Rosling; Anna Rosling Rönnlund
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"When asked simple questions about global trends--what percentage of the world's population live in poverty; why the world's population is increasing; how many girls finish school -- we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers. Professor and TED presenter Hans Rosling, together  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Statistics
Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hans Rosling ; with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling R�onnlund. R�onnlund, Anna Rosling, ; Hans Rosling; Ola Rosling; Anna Rosling Rönnlund
ISBN: 9781250107817 1250107814 147363749X 9781473637498
OCLC Number: 1029003350
Notes: Illustrations on lining papers.
Awards: New York Times Bestsellers Nonfiction.
Description: x, 342 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: The gap instinct --
The negativity instinct --
The straight line instinct --
The fear instinct --
The size instinct --
The generalization instinct --
The destiny instinct --
The single perspective instinct --
The blame instinct --
The urgency instinct --
Factfulness in practice --
Factfulness rules of thumb --
Appendix. How did your country do?
Responsibility: Hans Rosling ; with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund.

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"When asked simple questions about global trends--what percentage of the world's population live in poverty; why the world's population is increasing; how many girls finish school -- we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers. Professor and TED presenter Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators, Anna and Ola, offers a radical explanation of why this happens. They reveal the ten instincts that distort our perspective, from our tendency to divide the world into two camps (usually some version of us and them) to the way we consume media (where fear rules) to how we perceive progress (believing that most things are getting worse). Our problem is that we don't know what we don't know, and even our guesses are informed by unconscious and predictable biases. It turns out that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than we might think. That doesn't mean there aren't real concerns. 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."--
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