Do you know the Factfulness?
Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World - and Why Things Are Better Than You Think.
We bet you have read some book over and over again and you have wondered that every single time there is something new you had missed before. For us, this book is called Factfulness, which tries to fight the global human ignorance of the current basic facts and trends on our planet.
Can you correctly answer questions like What is life expectancy today? How many percent of one-year-olds are currently vaccinated against a disease worldwide? How many girls in low-income countries finish primary school today? or How many percent of people in the world have access to electricity?
Extensive research by a renowned physician, statistician, scientist and speaker Hans Rosling, his son Ola Rosling, and the daughter-in-law of Anna Rosling Rönnlund will prove that most likely not, and even chimpanzees would score better than you. To understand, Rosling's goal is not to ridicule human ignorance, but to show that people (and the survey involved a wide range of people from students and listeners, university professors, leading scientists to Nobel Prize winners) tend to be prejudiced and to see things more pessimistically, than they really are, and therefore often chose (and chooses) the worst possible options. Chimpanzees, by contrast, would choose purely random answers.
Listen to one of Rosling's great lectures, for example on the TED platform (there is also the one with chimpanzees!).
Our problem is that we don't know what we don't know, and even our guesses are informed by unconscious and predictable biases. Rosling, through the Factfulnes, decided to address the causes of this ignorance. Together with his son and daughter-in-law, they also founded the Gapminder Foundation and developed the Trendalyzer software, which translates international statistics into moving interactive (and very catchy) charts. These are freely available and free of charge.