How not to be ignorant about the world

For those interested in data and cognitive biases, this TED video by Hans and Ola Rosling on ignorance and cognitive bias worth watching. The four general “rules” to follow when faced with uncertainty:

  1. Things are generally getting better;
  2. Assume the majority situation is in the middle;
  3. Social progress precedes economic progress; and,
  4. Sharks kill few (we exaggerate risk)

Worth watching (19 minutes)

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About Andrew
Andrew blogs and tweets public policy issues, particularly the relationship between the political and bureaucratic levels, citizenship and multiculturalism. His latest book, Policy Arrogance or Innocent Bias, recounts his experience as a senior public servant in this area.

4 Responses to How not to be ignorant about the world

  1. Victoria says:

    Oh that is OUTSTANDING! Thank you, Andrew…

  2. Andrew says:

    Rosling’s visuals and ways of presenting are impressive. Rosling sr. in particular.

  3. Ellen says:

    I’ve loved his presentations for several years. I always watch him when he’s announced on TED and I got the gapminder among my favorite websites: http://www.gapminder.org/ This presentation does not disappoint.

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