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by Shaun Kober
March 18th 2021

Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. 

When asked simple questions about global trends - why the world's pop... More

Yo what is up guys welcome to this episode of the live train perform podcast. I'm your host, Sean koba. Uh This episode is gonna be a little bit different because I'm going to be reading some excerpts from a book that I'm currently working. My way through. The book is called Fact Fullness by hans Rosling and The subtitle is 10 reasons were wrong about the world and why things are better than you think. So the book starts with 13 questions and I'm gonna read off some of those questions I want you guys to come up with the answer that you believe is right. Number one in all low income countries across the world today, how many Girls finish? Primary school is at 20% 40% or 60%? Question two. Where does the majority of the world population live? Is it a low income countries be middle income countries or C high income countries. Question three. In the last 20 years the proportion of the world population living in extreme poverty has has it doubled remained more or less the same or almost halved question for what is the life expectancy of the world Today?

Is it 50 years, 60 years or 70 years? Question five. There are two billion Children in the world Today, age 0 to 15 years old. How many Children will there be in the year 20 100. According To the United Nations. Is it four billion 3 billion or two billion. Question six. The U.N. predicts that by 2100 the world population will have increased by another four Billion people. What is the main reason? A there will be more Children below 15. B there will be more adults 15-74 or c. There will be very More very old people, 75 and older. Question seven. How did the number of deaths per year from natural disasters change over the last 100 years? Is it a more than doubled B remained about the same or see decreased to less than half? Question eight requires a visual. So I won't go through that Question nine. How many of the world's one year old Children today have been vaccinated against some Disease. 20% b. 50% or c.

Question 10 Worldwide 30 year old men have spent 10 years in school. On average, how many years have women of the same age spent in school? A nine years B. Six years or C. Three years. Question 11 in 1996, tigers, giant pandas and black rhinos were all listed as endangered. How many of these three species are more critically endangered today? A two of them be one of them and see none of them. Question 12. How many people in the world have some access to electricity? A 20%. or C80%. Question 13. Global climate experts believe that over the next 100 years the average temperature will a get warmer? Be remain the same or c get colder. Now I answered those questions and I was way wrong. The book then goes into 10 different instincts that we use that essentially paint a picture of the world that we see the world that we view.

And the interesting thing for me is that most people believe that the world is getting worse and that's simply because we have a lot more access to information which spreads around the world a lot faster. Um and where our brains are literally attuned to picking up potential threats. So uh just going to read an excerpt from the book here we are subjected to never ending cascades of negative news from across the world. Wars, famines, natural disasters, political mistakes, corruption, budget cuts, diseases, mass layoffs, acts of terror. Journalists who reported flights that didn't crash or crops that didn't fail would quickly lose their jobs. Stories about gradual improvements rarely make the front page even when they occur on a dramatic scale and impact millions of people. Those topics I just spoke about easily get through our filters and these unusual events are more newsworthy than everyday ones. The unusual stories that were constantly shown by the media paint a picture in our heads. And if we're not extremely careful, we come to believe that the unusual is usual and that this is the world that we live in and this is what the world looks like.

Yet. Here's the paradox. The image of a dangerous world has never been broadcast more effectively than it is now. While the world has never been less violent and more safe fears that once helped our ancestors stay alive today. Help keep journalists employed. It isn't the journalist fault and we shouldn't expect them to change. It isn't driven by media logic among the producers so much as by attention logic in the heads of the consumers. As I said before, we evolved to identify threats so that we can go through a physiological response to keep ourselves alive and reproduce and pass on our genes. So the media is literally just doing their job and they're going to report on these negative news stories. That's going to catch the attention of the consumers. Now, just to give a quick example before I start winding up the episode in 2016, a total of 40 million commercial passenger flights landed safely at their destination. Only 10 ended in fatal accidents.

Of course, those are the ones that the journalists wrote about, which ended up being 0.0000 25% of the total safe flight are not newsworthy. 2016 was actually the second safest year in aviation history, which is not newsworthy either. It turns out that the world for all its imperfections is in a much better state than we might think. 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. That is my brief introduction to the book fact Fullness by hans Rosling. I'm about three quarters of the way through it. I already implement a lot of the tools that they talk about in this book. I don't really expose myself to the media too much. I limit my social media time Every day to 90 minutes and I only use it in blocks, which means that I every time I go on social media, I'm using it intentionally uh and for a purpose.

So um there's definitely some takeaways from this book and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to look at data and trends through history to see how much the human population and civilization is progressing and yes, there's still some issues in the world that need to be dealt with and will be dealt with in the future. However, this is a really good way of looking at how far we've come from even only a couple of decades ago. So yes, there might still be some bad things, but we're in a much, much better place moving forward and that is it from me today guys hopefully enjoyed my brief overview of the book. Fact Fullness by hans Rosling highly recommend reading it as always any five star ratings and reviews are much appreciated, much love guys, peace

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