Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think

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Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts.

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.

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Bill Gates CEO/MicrosoftThis was a breakthrough to me. The framework Hans enunciates is one that took me decades of working in global development to create for myself, and I could have never expressed it in such a clear way. I’m going to try to use this model moving forward. (Source)

Barack Obama Former USA PresidentAs 2018 draws to a close, I’m continuing a favorite tradition of mine and sharing my year-end lists. It gives me a moment to pause and reflect on the year through the books I found most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved. It also gives me a chance to highlight talented authors – some who are household names and others who you may not have heard of before. Here’s my best of 2018 list. (Source)

Lisa Raitt At #WomenDeliver2019 I attended a talk outlining the findings in the book Factfulness. I bought the book and read it on the way back from Vancouver. A must read - and a great gift for a high school graduate. Here’s what Bill Gates says about it. https://t.co/ekQPlLWFNz (Source)

Mark Suster Just finished this amazing, thoughtful & comforting book. I hope you’ll read it. Devastated to read the “outro” that Hans passed away before it was published. Somehow I didn’t know until the end. https://t.co/4MWDDve3Mb (Source)

Aidan Connolly I would suggest Hans Rosling’s Factfulness on the real world of statistics. (Source)

Ella Botting You’ll be wrong at work. Lots of people don’t like getting things wrong. Both these books [Factfulness & The Perils of Perception] explain the cognitive biases that lead people to being wrong every day. Both of them helped me accept being wrong graciously. (Source)

Howard Marks Unmasks a lot of misperceptions that people have about the state of the world. (Source)

David Pilling I think it’s a fantastic book. Rosling died last year while completing the book. I think it’s really almost a summation of his life’s work. He was a health expert in Sweden and spent a lot of time in Africa. He became convinced that we were too pessimistic about the world and that it was actually in better shape than we imagine. (Source)

Nigel Warburton It’s an interesting book, it’s very challenging. It may be over-optimistic. But it does have this startling effect on the readers of challenging widely held assumptions. It’s a plea to look at the empirical data, and not just assume that you know how things are now. (Source)

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