Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think is a 2018 book by Swedish statistician Hans Rosling with his son Ola Rosling and daughter-in-law Anna Rosling Rönnlund. In the book, Rosling suggests the vast majority of human beings are wrong about the state of the world. He demonstrates that his test subjects believe the world is poorer, less healthy, and more dangerous than it actually is, attributing this not to random chance but to misinformation.
Rosling recommends thinking about the world as divided into four levels based on income brackets (rather than the prototypical developed/developing framework) and suggests ten instincts that prevent us from seeing real progress in the world.
“A fantastic book, and I hope a lot of people read it,” says Bill Gates and highlighted the book as one of his suggested 5 books worth reading for summer 2018, offering to purchase a copy for any 2018 college graduate upon request.
Also a recommended book by Barack Obama, he says, “a hopeful book about the potential for human progress when we work off facts rather than our inherent biases.”
“Unmasks a lot of misperceptions that people have about the state of the world,” says Howard Marks for his favourite read and recommended on Jordan Peterson’s website as well.