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

Author: Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Ola Rosling
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Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think


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by brownbat   2019-06-16
Question was flagged before I could read it, but based on responses citing the birth rate, the premise of the question might have been along the lines of whether or not it's worth saving lives in areas with high birth rates if we're concerned about overpopulation.

Hans Rosling provides an exhaustive rebuttal to that question in Factfulness: https://www.amazon.com/Factfulness-Reasons-World-Things-Bett...

Here's a speech he gives on the topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnexjTCBksw

To make it as short as possible: if you're concerned about family sizes, the best path forward is, counterintuitively, improving health and reducing infant mortality, not the opposite. Parents seem to compensate for high infant mortality and high poverty with larger families, but naturally adjust family sizes downward as conditions improve. That trend seems to hold in countries all around the world, dozens of examples so far without counterexamples. (I.e., Malthus was wrong, according to all the data we have.)

But his book is still really worth reading, it bolsters his argument with much more data.

by Balgair   2019-04-15
The late Dr. Hans Rosling's Factfullness is a great read.

Spoiler: The world is actually getting a lot better really fast.

If you're looking for a more global outlook on the longer term future, then this book is a great place. You can read it for free, per Bill Gates' donation to graduated of the class of 2018, here: https://www.amazon.com/Factfulness-Reasons-World-Things-Bett...

Here's a quick quiz for you to test if your knowledge of the world is better than a chimp's: http://forms.gapminder.org/s3/test-2018

by Lars_lars_lars   2019-01-13

You should read the book Factfullness.

You are overly pessimistic and you make an assumption that “Mother Nature is all about balance”. Where is there proof of this? There is no such thing as Mother Nature.

by Yelesa   2019-01-13

> also many people don't understand or exaggerate that developed and undeveloped part, years ago i was with a friend of mine and we were talking to some girl from germany for fun, and she asked us "do you in syria have cars and phones like us?"

That just means 'developed' and 'underdeveloped' are poor labels, or that 'underdeveloped' contains a much wider group than the other one. Factfulness separated people in 4 income groups, perhaps this is better with you?:

> Level 1: People live on less than $2 a day. Rosling estimates that one billion people are living at or below this threshold. They get around on their own two barefoot feet, cook over an open flame like a cookfire, fetch water in a bucket, and sleep on the ground.

This is what most people understand if they hear the word underdeveloped/developing. Basically, tribes and very conservative lifestyles.

> Level 2: This is the income group where the majority of the world's people live. They get by on between $2 and $8 a day and might have some possessions like a bicycle, a mattress, or a gas canister for cooking at home.

This is the stereotypical view of Eastern Europe, India, Southeast Asia, and Latin America in movies, and while this might be true in those regions for rural areas, most of the people living there are level 3 and 4.

> Level 3: This is the second most populous category on Rosling's list, after level 2. People in level 3 live on anywhere from $8 a day to $32. They have running water, might own a motorbike or car, and their meals are a rich and colorful mix of foods from day to day. They also probably have electricity and a fridge, which makes things like studying and eating enough varied nutrients easier.

What you were talking about are countries in Level 3.

> Level 4: Like level 1, roughly one billion of the world's people live on this level. They make $32 a day or more and have things like running water (both hot and cold) at home, a vehicle in the driveway, and plenty of nutrients on their plate. They've also likely had the chance to finish twelve years of school, or more.

Basically, the people who want to help.

by bandofgypsies   2019-01-13

You're not wrong. The timeframes vary based on what societal dimension you're discussing at a given point, but many aspects of global society are significantly better today than in the recent and distant past. Education levels, equality, access to food, mortality rates, life expectancies, literacy, and so on.

I'd you're not familiar with it, I'd recommend the book Factfulness . Pretty good book on this topic of perspective vs reality.

(Edit - fixed link)

by Anle-   2018-11-10

>Besides, living centuries only makes sense if chances are reasonably big quality of life will get better. Looking at the planet I think the reverse is plausible.

Why? Almost everything for humanity is improving. Check out this website , that covers this topic.

by NineteenEighty9   2018-11-10

It’s not your typical investor book but I’d recommend Factfulness by Hans Rosling. When becoming a good investor the first step is to have a fact based world view so you can make rational investment decisions based on the data & not the hype or emotion. Bill Gates says it’s his top read.


by ministry312   2018-11-10


Recomendo FORTEMENTE voce ver esse vídeo:


É um ted talk do Hans Rosling que simplesmente destrói essa concepção que o mundo está piorando. O mundo (INTEIRO, não só os paises desenvolvidos) nunca foi tão bom quanto hoje.

Ele também tem um livro que detalha ainda mais isso tudo. Não tem tradução em portugues ainda:


by Battle4Seattle   2018-11-10

For a broader insight on why poverty is declining and other things are doing much better than we're led to believe, I recommend reading Factfulness by Hans Rosling .

by vernazza   2018-11-10

Rosling's last book, Factfulness, tackles 10 common myths (or urban legends, if you wish) concerning the state of the world and how it is majorly improving, directly countering the majority view in the developed world.

Buy it at Amazon or Bookdepository (with free shipping worldwide).