Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling Ronnlund

The human brain is a product of millions of years of evolution, and we are hard-wired with instincts that helped our ancestors to survive in small groups of hunters and gatherers. Our brains often jump to swift conclusions without much thinking, which used to help us to avoid immediate dangers. We are interested in gossip and dramatic stories, which used to be the only source of news and useful information. We crave sugar and fat, which used to be life-saving sources of energy when food was scarce. We have many instincts that used to be useful thousands of years ago, but we live in a very different world now.

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2 Responses to Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling Ronnlund

  1. shinichi says:

    Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong about the World–And Why Things Are Better Than You Think

    by Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling Ronnlund

    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.

    In Factfulness, Professor of International Health and global TED phenomenon Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators, Anna and Ola, offers a radical new 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.

  2. shinichi says:

    FACTFULNESS(ファクトフルネス) 10の思い込みを乗り越え、データを基に世界を正しく見る習慣

    by ハンス・ロスリング, オーラ・ロスリング

    ファクトフルネスとは――データや事実にもとづき、世界を読み解く習慣。賢い人ほどとらわれる10の思い込みから解放されれば、癒され、世界を正しく見るスキルが身につく。


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