Every group of people I ask thinks the world is more frightening, more violent, and more hopeless—in short, more dramatic—than it really is.
Published in 2018, Factfulness is a book exploring the difference between how we see the world around us and how it really is. Through a mix of hard data and soft anecdotes from the life and work of Hans Rosling, the book challenges the Western stereotypes about the developing world and explains the psychological reasons for why we keep getting it wrong (Fears that once helped keep our ancestors alive, today help keep journalists employed).
For a video-from preview of the book, check out Hans Rosling’s TED talk.
There are 2 billion children in the world today, aged 0 to 15 years old. How many children will there be in the year 2100, according to the UN? Answer: 2 billion children, same as today.
∙ by Hans Rosling ∙ 2018, English