Factfulness : ten reasons we're wrong about the world - and why things are better than you think / Hans Rosling ; with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "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."-- Provided by publisher.
    • Content Notes:
      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?
    • Notes:
      Illustrations on lining papers.
      Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-325) and index.
    • ISBN:
      9781250107817
      1250107814
    • Accession Number:
      2018000167
    • Accession Number:
      on1029003350
      1029003350
    • Accession Number:
      fay.568175
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      ROSLING, H.; ROSLING, O.; RÖNNLUND, A. R. Factfulness : ten reasons we’re wrong about the world - and why things are better than you think. [s.l.] : Flatiron Books, 2018. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 27 maio. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Rosling H, Rosling O, Rönnlund AR. Factfulness : Ten Reasons We’re Wrong about the World - and Why Things Are Better than You Think. Flatiron Books; 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.568175. Accessed May 27, 2019.
    • APA:
      Rosling, H., Rosling, O., & Rönnlund, A. R. (2018). Factfulness : ten reasons we’re wrong about the world - and why things are better than you think. Flatiron Books. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.568175
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Rosling, Hans, Ola Rosling, and Anna Rosling Rönnlund. 2018. Factfulness : Ten Reasons We’re Wrong about the World - and Why Things Are Better than You Think. Flatiron Books. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.568175.
    • Harvard:
      Rosling, H., Rosling, O. and Rönnlund, A. R. (2018) Factfulness : ten reasons we’re wrong about the world - and why things are better than you think. Flatiron Books. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.568175 (Accessed: 27 May 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Rosling, H, Rosling, O & Rönnlund, AR 2018, Factfulness : ten reasons we’re wrong about the world - and why things are better than you think, Flatiron Books, viewed 27 May 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Rosling, Hans, et al. Factfulness : Ten Reasons We’re Wrong about the World - and Why Things Are Better than You Think. Flatiron Books, 2018. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.568175.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Rosling, Hans, Ola Rosling, and Anna Rosling Rönnlund. Factfulness : Ten Reasons We’re Wrong about the World - and Why Things Are Better than You Think. Flatiron Books, 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.568175.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Rosling H, Rosling O, Rönnlund AR. Factfulness : ten reasons we’re wrong about the world - and why things are better than you think [Internet]. Flatiron Books; 2018 [cited 2019 May 27]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.568175

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2018 April #1

Sure to grab attention with its catchy subtitle, this book by the late academic, statistician, and TED Talk star explains in plain prose how and why the most intelligent among us hold mistaken beliefs about important worldwide issues like poverty, education, population, demographics, health, and the environment. This is no academic treatise; Rosling uses simple charts and graphs to turn years of data into easily understandable evidence that contradicts erroneous mainstream ideas about overpopulation, undereducation of women in developing countries, vaccinations among the poor, the lethality of natural disasters, and climate change. In an accessible, almost folksy prose, Rosling identifies various reasons why so many of us have ended up with so many faulty ideas about our world. These reasons are the crux of the book and cannot be reduced to aphorisms, but they involve issues like negativity, fear, generalization, blame, urgency, and destiny. Each chapter ends with a page of bullet-point summaries and motivational advice for the future. His final advice is to teach our children humility, curiosity, and a fact-based worldview. Recommended for all libraries. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.