You’ve never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, statistics guru Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called “developing world.”

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  1. I would love to see this with the data from the last ten years.
    Did he really say that inequality ( wealth distribution ) is a myth ? I hear different from many others, although they don't have the fancy graphics.

  2. Is inflation factored in this? Because that is something that is very obviously super important but often isn't done. And especially with logarithmic scales, that would make an even bigger difference

  3. I think the most interesting part was how far off people's perceptions were of health throughout the world. As he found, people would have been better off flipping a coin than using their knowledge and intuition. "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." – Mark Twain

  4. 5:03 What country was that one purple dot? Both family size and life expectancy consistently go down at first, it goes back to where it started, and heads towards the upper left with most of the other countries.

  5. Much of the data that is about the US fails to de-consider non-Americanized 3rd world invaders. If the data about the US includes only citizens or lawful visa-holders, then almost none of this data would be anything near what should be considered "scientifically accurate".

    Like all other countries, the US's immigrants are massively comprised of persons for whom the advances in science, medicine, legal precepts, and level of self-worth is what we see in under-developed persons in the few centuries after the birth of Christ.

    Data is useful, no doubt, but when you are talking about advanced nations, and their so-called deficiencies, one should make note of how many persons reside in said country who are 1st or 2nd generation immigrants. Africa has never produced a single African-citizen run society that was on par with one in Europe or Asia, ever, and people have lived in Africa at least as long as the other continents.

  6. There's also an app that can animate data into a VR environment, so you can even go inside and make sense of data in a very intuitive sense. I think the VR space is going to do amazing stuff in education.

  7. Well sure its a very nice presentation and 10 years ago i would agree, but data, statistics and facts show a different picture today. Less and less people own the majority of money in the world. More and more people come out of poverty and that is good, but the gap between the poorest and the richest only keeps rising.

  8. the world is not bad, in fact iot is better than 50 yeasrs ago: the only difference is the merdia: whwn they give you bad news again and again, and within one report you see injured people or accidents again and again (mostly five or more times in american news…) you will believe tzhe world is mad. It isnßt. less people starve, less people die ferom diseases (think of the 25.000.000 dead with the spanish flu a hundred years ago), less people die in car acccidents, etc etc. and it is the social media whichspread fake newas just to get klicks.
    you can influence people very easily if you know the tricks: you can convinde people they did things they really never had done: it´s just psychology.
    b.t.w. this ist exactly what Donald Trump is doing right now: wrong messages. there ale less people unemployed and more employment than ever before: no, her say, wrong, and people belöieve him.
    crime rate is down: wrong he says. what can you expect from a man who claims there were more people at his inauguration than with obama´s? may the pictures show half empty spaces: for him tree is five. he denies reality by surroundimng himself with bootlickers who feed him with what he wants to hear. With that you cannot ghovern a country,because seeing what is going on is basic for responsible action. he will send y<ou in chaos.

  9. We have to admit also that the value of 1$, 60 years ago hasn't the same value of 1$ today!
    At the time, if I'm not wrong, you could exchange 36/38$ in the bank with a gold ingot! But now?

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