#27 - Book of the Month: Factfulness (Feb '19)

In this episode of It’s Not What It Seems, my brother Darron and I discuss February 2019’s book of the month, Factfulness: 10 Reasons We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling.

Here’s a little more about Hans Rosling:

Hans Rosling was a Swedish physician, academic, statistician, and public speaker. He was the Professor of International Health at Karolinska Institute and was the co-founder and chairman of the Gapminder Foundation, which developed the Trendalyzer software system. He held presentations around the world, including several TED Talks in which he promoted the use of data to explore development issues. His TED talks have been viewed more than 35 million times, and he was listed as Time magazines one hundred most influential people in the world. He died in 2017 devoting his final years to writing this book along with his collaborators Ola and Anna. They are both co-founders of the Gapminder Foundation and international award winners for their work.

Here’s a little bit more about the book:

When asked simple questions about global trends we systematically get the answers wrong. Factfulness offers a radical new explanation of why this happens. It reveals 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). 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. Factfulness is a new thinking habit that will change the way you see the world and empower you to respond to challenges and opportunities of the future.

Darron and I go deep into the ten instincts that give us a false perception about the world. We do our best to offer views on how they show up in the world. This book touches on many concepts and ideas that I agree with it so it was easy conversation. I hope you enjoy it.

If you weren’t able to pick this one up or finish the book for February, by all means, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t read it. You can tune in to our next book club episode, which will air on March 31st!

Here’s more on the NEW book club for 2019: http://douglasvigliotti.com/blog/bookclub

Here’s the March 2019 Book of the Month, Barking Up The Wrong Tree by Eric Barker: http://bit.ly/BarkingWrong


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