What is the life expectancy of the world today - 50 years or 70 years? How about the proportion of the world’s population living in extreme poverty - has it doubled in the last 20 years or has it halved? How many girls worldwide finish primary school - 20 percent or 60 percent? If your answers were the most negative in every case, you’re not alone. Most people answer that way, but as Hans Rosling shows in Factfulness, the data shows the opposite. More of the world is living in better conditions than ever before. So why do we continue to believe the worst?
Rosling not only presents the data from his decades-long career in public health and research, but he examines the natural psychological tendencies that lead us to make the wrong assumptions. From our negativity instinct to our tendency to cast blame and take urgent action, Rosling examines each of these tendencies. He gives suggestions on how to counteract them so that we can not only feel relief when things are good, but when things do need improvement, we can better decide what action to take and when. His willingness to admit his own mistakes and errors in judgment make the book even more inspiring. Factfulness will change the way you look at the facts. - Michelle (Sunset)