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Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About The World - And Why Things Are Better Than You Think (Anglais) Relié – 3 avril 2018
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Factfulness is a fabulous read, succinct and lively. It asks why so many people - including Nobel laureates and medical researchers - get the numbers so wrong on pressing issues such as poverty, pandemics and climate change... a just tribute to this book and the man would be a global day of celebration for facts about our world. (Nature)
I had very high expectations; the book exceeded them. Superb guide to the world and how to be wiser about it. Great storytelling. An inspiration. (Tim Harford)
A wonderful guide to an improving world, as well as being a well-stocked source of sound advice as to how to think about factual and statistical claims . . . The book is a pleasure to read - simple, clear, memorable writing - and when you've finished you'll be a lot wiser about the world. You'll also feel rather happier . . . "Factfulness" - the relaxing peace of mind you get when you have a clearer view of how the world really is . . . I strongly recommend this book. (Tim Harford)
An assault both on ignorance and pessimism . . . helping countries improve their governance and public health and opening them up to the rule of law and market exchange works. But not by some sort of magic. Because we act. And to this, as Rosling argues, we first have to understand the world we live in. (Daniel Finkelstein, The Times)
We need more of this way of thinking, both in business and politics. Where better to start than a new book by one of Gates' favourite gurus, the late Swedish statistician Hans Rosling . . . in an age of so-called post-truth, this is a celebration of the all too often repudiated but underlying story of relentless human progress. (Jeremy Warner, Sunday Telegraph)
thoroughly researched and clearly written . . . this is a measured, objective, and ultimately optimistic account of where we are and how we got here. (Independent)
Factfulness has the power to shift your entire perspective. If you want to understand the world, read it now! (Rolf Dobelli)
Triumphant (Sunday Times)
Bestselling books about statistics are as rare as unicorns. One that gets to No.1 is as rare as a lunar unicorn. Factfulness by Hans Rosling is that moon-based creature . . . engaging. (Times)
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*the #1 Sunday Times bestseller * instant New York Times bestseller * #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller * * Irish Times bestseller * Audio bestseller * Guardian bestseller *
'One of the most important books I've ever read - an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world.' BILL GATES
*BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week*
'Hans Rosling tells the story of "the secret silent miracle of human progress" as only he can. But Factfulness does much more than that. It also explains why progress is so often secret and silent and teaches readers how to see it clearly.' MELINDA GATES
Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts.
When asked simple questions about global trends - why the world's population is increasing; how many young women go to school; how many of us live in poverty - we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers.
In Factfulness, Professor of International Health and a man who can make data sing, Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators Anna and Ola, offers a radical new explanation of why this happens, and reveals the ten instincts that distort our perspective.
It turns out that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than we might think. 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.
Inspiring and revelatory, filled with lively anecdotes and moving stories, Factfulness is an urgent and essential book that will change the way you see the world.
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It ought to be required reading at the high school level IMHO.
It's very well written and readable (the author is famous for his Ted talks on the subject). He really wants to help everyone understand and learn how to better evaluate what they hear about the world.
A couple notes: you can download a whole chapter of the book from Bill Gates web site if you want to read more of it in advance. The Kindle version is currently broken on some devices (at least my Chromebook running the Android Kindle app) where it won't render any page contents properly unless you tap to zoom out to the page browsing mode where it does look correct.
This book is a treasure trove of evidence based reasoning, global statistics and myth busting! I read it just after finishing Steven Pinker's Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. These books have a lot in common, both in goal and tone, but I enjoyed Rosling's book much more.
Unless you have watched Roslings famous lectures (available on TED and Youtube), this book will forever change the way you understand global health, demography and development.
I really like the way he breaks-down data into quartiles and tries to explain issues based on income and education. I wish he used quintiles. I like the way he mostly avoids partisanship and advocates a blend of fact-based analysis, necessary regulation, and free markets. His criticisms of "activists" and their methods are quite revealing but he needed to spend some time on the "other side" which hysterically oppose the "activists." "Fairness" and "good data" should trump advocacy. HIs critique of the media is quite refreshing.
It is possible that Dr. Rosling places too much emphasis on income, and dismisses too easily other sociological factors in explaining human behavior and what I call societal progress, including income. Correlation studies are not causality studies. The 9/11 terrorists were often either very rich or came from rich families and were educated. Many of their followers are drawn from poverty, but some are not. Other factors appear to be as important as education and economic level. Native culture, religion, and tribalism really do affect economic and social progress, and in this Dr. Rosling may very well be off the mark.
The late Dr. Rosling was guilty of some of the accusations he directed at others, both named and unnamed. His grasp of economics was stereotypically shallow and somewhat naïve, and he spends almost no time digging into it beyond the usual pot-shots at "big-business" and "big-pharma." He spent no time on "bad governance" per se, which may be the biggest factor of all. This is unfortunate, as economics and bad governance are at least as important as the topics he covers so well. At times I was left with the impression that he wanted to have things "both ways." I think that his time spent providing free care to the desperately poor in Africa may have affected his judgement a bit, but that is understandable and forgivable. HIs attempt to not "offend" the reader may have resulted in some ambiguity.
A follow-up book with more depth would be great, only Dr. Rosling is dead.
The physical book itself is not the highest quality and some of the printing related to the many graphs is in very small font and very faintly printed, making it difficult to read if you are over 30. Hopefully this can be corrected in future editions. Also, while the book contains pages of "Sources" in the back, there is no traditional footnoting and linked cross-referencing to those "Sources," making it impossible to really check his assertions against his sources.
I strongly recommend this book to everyone. A good gift for those who tend to believe "alternate facts." Maybe they can learn to focus on "real" facts and understand what they really mean. Or not. We each make our own decisions.
Dr. Rosling’s stories of working as a medical doctor in some of the countries that many Westerners would lump under the stereotype of an impoverished “Third World” are as real as it gets. His stories from the field illustrate the devastating results that our ignorance and biases can create. But others so clearly show the progress we, as a species, have made as a result of our better understanding of the facts.
I would definitely recommend reading both Enlightenment Now, for a more academic and research-based perspective, and Factfulness, for its memorable stories that drive home the need for fact-based thinking.