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Factfulness : ten reasons we're wrong about the world - and why things are better than you think

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  • 18 of 26 copies available at Evergreen Indiana. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Greenwood Public Library.

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7 current holds with 26 total copies.

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Greenwood PL - Greenwood 302.12 ROS (Text) 36626103942801 Adult Nonfiction Checked out 10/17/2018

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  • ISBN: 9781250107817
  • ISBN: 1250107814
  • Physical Description: print
    x, 342 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2018.

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General Note: Illustrations on lining papers.
New York Times Bestsellers Nonfiction.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-325) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: The gap instinct -- The negativity instinct -- The straight line instinct -- The fear instinct -- The size instinct -- The generalization instinct -- The destiny instinct -- The single perspective instinct -- The blame instinct -- The urgency instinct -- Factfulness in practice -- Factfulness rules of thumb -- Appendix. How did your country do?
Summary, etc.: "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. Professor and TED presenter Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators, Anna and Ola, offers a radical 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."--
Target Audience Note:
1000L Lexile
Awards Note:
New York Times Bestsellers Nonfiction.
Subject: Critical thinking
Prejudices
Information literacy
PSYCHOLOGY Cognitive Psychology & Cognition
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS Decision-Making & Problem Solving
SCIENCE Cognitive Science
Critical thinking
Quality of life
Quality of life Evaluation
Social indicators
Social perception
Genre: Statistics.
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