Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling

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Regardless of what we think we know about the world, the startling truth is that we often interpret the facts wrong. So wrong, in fact, that chimpanzees choosing at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, Nobel laureates, investment bankers, and other industry experts. In Factfulness, professor and TED presenter Hans Rosling offers a radical explanation of why this happens, along with ten useful techniques we can use to be more mindful of our distorted perspectives.

Touted by Bill Gates as "an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world," Factfulness uses informal language to transform complex statistics into tangibly comprehensible ideas. What endures is a fresh perspective on how the world, with all its imperfections, is doing much better than we think. Before picking up this information literacy must-read, ask yourself these questions: What percentage of the world's population lives in poverty? Why and where is the world's population increasing? How many girls finish school? The answers to these and similar questions will have you second-guessing the way you view our changing planet.

Rating: 4.5/5 stars