Factfulness by Hans Rosling is a hopeful book about the potential for human progress when we work off facts rather than our inherent biases.
”Rosling” is a Professor of International Health offers a radical new explanation of why this happens. His book reveals 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 how we perceive progress, believing that most things are getting worse.
It’s hard to pick up on progress if you divide the world into rich and poor countries. When those are the only two options? you’re more likely to think anyone who doesn’t have a certain quality of life is” poor”.
‘Rosling’ compares this instinct to standing on top of a skyscraper and looking down at a city. All of the other buildings will look tiny whether they’re ten stories or 50 stories high.
It’s the same with income. Life is significantly better for those on level 2 than level 1, but it’s hard to see that from level 4 unless you know to look for it.
”One of the most important books I’ve ever read an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world. Bill Gates said about this book.”
Factfulness is an urgent and essential book that will change the way you see the world and empower you to respond to the crises and opportunities of the future.