Summary of How Not to Be Ignorant About the World

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Your worldview is only deceptively bleak. Learning the facts will help improve your outlook.


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A study that asked citizens of wealthy nations to respond to a multiple-choice survey regarding world issues found that most hold a speciously gloomy worldview. Yet the world’s inhabitants are better off than most people realize. Data analysts Hans and Ola Rosling are striving to combat misinformation with accurate data about world issues. getAbstract prescribes a dose of the Roslings’ ignorance cure: Watch their enlightening lecture.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How most citizens of rich nations perceive global issues,
  • Why so many prevalent misconceptions color people’s worldviews, and
  • How to use heuristics to counter ignorance about global issues.


A multiple-choice survey asked several groups – Swedes, Americans, a TED audience, a cartload of chimpanzees, among others – three questions: “How did deaths per year from natural...
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About the Speakers

TED veteran Hans Rosling is professor of international health at the Karolinska Institute. He co-founded the Gapminder Foundation with his son, Ola Rosling, who is a director.

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