Factfulness

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

Hardcover, 352 pages

Published Jan. 25, 2018 by SCEPTRE.

ISBN:
9781473637467

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4 stars (14 reviews)

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.

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Review of 'Factfulness' on 'GoodReads'

5 stars

Why did I not read this book earlier? It is a great book if you read too much news :)
I have known some statistics about our world before (it is not so bad as you might think), but it was still very useful book. I think that the most useful thing for me was that I started looking at other countries differently. There is no such thing as "western", "developed", or "developing" countries. We humans love to split almost everything into two groups: bad and good, developed and developing, etc. But, this leads to unnecessary bias. It was a good instinct 5000 years ago, but not today.
Remember that in news you almost always will find extreme cases; it is not a majority. Remember to look at data, be aware of averages, do not extrapolate everything linearly, do not blame, just find root cause and expect bad news. It …

Review of 'Factfulness' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

There's a lot that could be said about the at times somewhat condescending tone, or the scientific accuracy of their quiz questions, but I think almost every reader of this very accessible book will come out of it with a better understanding of the world and what we can do —and have successfully been doing— to make it better. What more could you ask of it?

Review of 'Factfulness' on 'GoodReads'

4 stars

Two main takeaways from this book:

Developing/Developed world categorization is bullshit - instead divide the world into four levels of income.

Level 1 (poorest) - approx. 1 billion people
Level 2 (lower-to-middle income) - approx. 3 billion people
Level 3 (middle-to-upper income) - approx. 2 billion people
Level 4 (richest) - approx. 1 billion people

Dollar Street - an amazing idea of seeing people living the same kind of life across countries on the same income level. So keep in mind that affluent Africans are living as lavishly as affluent Americans and poorest Indians the same as poorest French, on an equal basis of income.

Despite some reservations, I would recommend this to my pessimist friends who think that the world is just doomed. It probably is - but it's also getting better.

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