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Factfulness

Factfulness

By Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund
Factfulness

Review:

I heard about this book from a colleague, seen it in reading lists and the subtitle made me curious, Ten Reasons We're Wrong About The World - And Why Things Are Better Than You Think, which made me curious.

I decided to search for the book and read the description along with some reviews and decided to get it.

I was not disappointed, it is one of the best books I've read to better understand the world and what is happening.

As mentioned in the book, a lot of us are walking around with world views we learned in school which can be several years ago and a lot has changed/improved since then.

At first, you think the book is optimistic with rose-colored glasses but it is not, there are still bad things and problems that need to be solved but we have made progress the only reason we don't hear about this progress is that it's incremental and not as exciting as the bad news that is a lot more dramatic.

One myth that this book debunked for me was that the global population will carry on increasing until there are too many people for this planet.

This is not true if you look at the facts, data, and what we've achieved so far.

By 2100 the population will plateau at around 11 or 12 billion people, nothing is definite but if you look at the explanation behind this, it makes sense.

There are two tools mentioned in the book that will quickly make you change the way you see and understand the world, these are:

How your country and others have progressed through the 4 income levels:

https://www.gapminder.org/tools

How do people on either income level 1, 2, 3, or 4 live around the world:

https://www.gapminder.org/dollar-street

If you want to be more informed and learn how to understand your community and the world better, definitely give this book a read.

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