The thesis is that our world view froze 60 years ago in the west, and we need to learn new methods to understand facts.
First things first
The book makes you take a quiz before reading it — to survey your perception of the planet right now. Take it here:
Test - Factfulness Quiz
Take the free Factfullness Quiz and find out if you have an accurate view of the world. This is the official quiz…
DON’T SKIP THIS. Click above. Spend less than 3 minutes. You will learn about yourself.
Some definition notes
- We should know our brains jump to conclusions because our brains are risk-averse always expect risk
- Hans uses child mortality often — it helps give an idea of general health and living and for all countries.
Comparison is a mother-fucker
As the song goes. We as humans love binary ideas — good or bad, right or wrong. We are less good at seeing a scale, categories or blends. For example…
The view 60 years ago…
… was of the developed and developing countries. You are in one set or the other. This was true in 1960. It ain’t anymore. See the comparisons below
The developing world label is meaningless now. Instead the author suggests there are 4 levels. Each step is a 4x increase in earnings.