“One of the most important books I’ve ever read―an indispensable guide to thinking
clearly about the world.” – Bill Gates
Hams Roling was a Swedish physician, academic, statistician, and public speaker.
He was the Professor of International Health at Karolinska Institute.
This book is my last battle in my life-long mission to fight devastating ignorance…Previously I armed myself with huge data sets, eye-opening software, an energetic learning style and a Swedish bayonet for sword-swallowing. It wasn’t enough. But I hope this book will be.
” Hans Rosling, February 2017.
Rolin introduces the perception of ‘the gap instinct.’
It’s our tendency to want to see things as black and white.
The example he uses to illustrate it is the classic division of the world into East and West.
The UN’s projections for population growth see us hit 9.8 billion in 2050, and 11.2 billion in 2100. That’d be a double-up from 6.1 billion in 2000.
But in 1900, there were only 1.6 billion humans, which means that in the last century, we grew fourfold, showing the growth rate is already declining. That’s because as countries get out of poverty, people tend to have fewer children.
In countries like Germany, populations are even declining.There are three biases that prevent our feelings from matching the numbers:the straight-line instinct, the fear instinct, and the size instinct
Simply this book is recent line of works that help us fight our biases. It delivers its research in a way that’s easy to understand and uses great examples to help us see clearly. If Bill Gates can learn something from it, I’m sure we can too.
What else can you learn from the blinks?
How many people in the world are actually rich
Why experts are sometimes terribly wrong
What makes us think the world is getting worse
How you can avoid over-generalizing
Why too much activism costs you credibility
Who would I recommend the Factfulness summary to?
The 18 year old graduate, who’s just starting to regularly read the news, the 45 year old developer, who never left his town, and anyone who’s really worried about population growth.