Catalogue

Record Details

Catalogue Search



Factfulness : ten reasons we're wrong about the world--and why things are better than you think

Rosling, Hans (author.). Rosling, Ola, (author.). Rönnlund, Anna Rosling, (author.).

Available copies

  • 8 of 13 copies available at BC Interlibrary Connect. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Prince Rupert Library.

Current holds

3 current holds with 13 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Holdable? Status Due Date
Prince Rupert Library 155.9042 Rosl (Text) 33294002056737 Adult Non-Fiction Volume hold Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250107817
  • ISBN: 1250107814
  • Physical Description: print
    regular print
    x, 342 pages : illustrations, charts ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2018.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction -- The gap instinct -- The negativity instinct -- The straight line instinct -- The fear instinct -- The size instinct -- The generalization instinct -- The destiny instinct -- The single perspective instinct -- The blame instinct -- The urgency instinct -- Factfulness in practice -- Appendix: How did your country do?
Summary, etc.: "When asked simple questions about global trends--what percentage of the world's population live in poverty; why the world's population is increasing; how many girls finish school -- we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers. Professor and TED presenter Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators, Anna and Ola, offers a radical explanation of why this happens. They reveal the ten instincts that distort our perspective, from our tendency to divide the world into two camps (usually some version of us and them) to the way we consume media (where fear rules) to how we perceive progress (believing that most things are getting worse). Our problem is that we don't know what we don't know, and even our guesses are informed by unconscious and predictable biases. It turns out that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than we might think. That doesn't mean there aren't real concerns. 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."--
Subject: Social perception
Social indicators
Quality of life -- Evaluation
Quality of life -- Statistics
Critical thinking

Additional Resources