Sunday, April 26, 2020

Factfulness book report

                This book is all about bringing up every day topics and situations that might be misunderstood by the general public. The author usually starts by introducing each topic on how most us of view the situation. It allows him to expose the truth easier when he breaks down why we might have thought that way in the first place. When he displays some of the numbers to prove his point, it makes you wonder how many things you misunderstood by just agreeing with the stereotypes. He shares a lot of points that makes it simpler to understand and tries to not go above and beyond to sound right. I really enjoyed reading this because it makes you reflect on your own thought process and how there’s a lot that we are misinformed about, which makes us ignorant to the truth. The book tries to shine light onto the world that everyone views as a dark place.
                One topic discussed in the book is fear. Everyone has their own fears, some weigh more heavily on us than others and it varies in each person for different reasons. The amount of exposure we have to certain fears will effect how we will react to them. If all we hear are bad things towards a certain thing, when we are face to face to this fear, we will think about all the negative exposures we’ve heard about. We chose to filter the information we’ve heard to rank the negative comments higher than the less negative ones, which makes us fear things more. It can work in the opposite way too, we can only pay attention to what makes something amazing but ignore the downside that can harm us. For example, we are afraid of snakes because we hear about how dangerous they can be. If we are not used to seeing snakes, when we do come close to one, we automatically think they will attack and hurt us. In reality, they are harmful animals but they are not out hunting everything in its path, so for the most part they will not attack unless we give them a reason to. Fear is all about your experience and exposure to what you are afraid of.
                I really enjoyed the chapter that discussed generalization and how we have to dissect it. Sometimes we see a comparison that makes one side look much stronger than the other because of what the person chose to compare. We have to ask ourselves if it’s a fair comparison, if the points are accurate, and find out the truths behind the generalization that was given. Saying “a majority” can mean just about 50% or 90%, so saying “the majority” will not tell the whole story unless you find out the truth behind it. I compare this to the LeBron vs Jordan comparison. Younger kids will argue for LeBron because that’s the best player they watched in their time. They will dismiss Jordan because they believe the competition and expectations were lower back when he was playing, which isn’t completely true. To someone who doesn’t know anything on the topic, they might agree with their argument just because it sounds like a fair point. We have to see both the similarities and differences and see if it’s even a relevant generalization/ comparison to make. We can pick a choose what is most important which can be very misleading to people who are misinformed.
                 One of my favorite things the author brought up was talking on blaming people. When something goes wrong, we need to have someone or something to blame as an excuse to failure. It’s a natural thing all of us do. Its most common in the workplace, politics and sports, when something fails it’s usually the ones in charge that will take all the heat. Sometimes we fail to realize that we use these people as scapegoats because we think there has to be one individual that made everything go wrong, when in reality there were other people and factors involved. We fail to understand that it could have been anyone that was placed in the same situation but made different choices that would result in the same outcome. This goes for failures and wins. When we force the blame on one person or event, we forget about the tons of factors that led up to that moment that could have led it to ended differently. We have to understand that we all do it and have to look deeper into the why is happened. There is always details that are left out because it’s easier to leave the blame in one place. Before we use someone as a scapegoat, we should try to understand everything that was in play and if there was anything that could have been done to change how it went down.
                Factfulness is a great book that doesn’t have to be read from beginning to end. Each chapter opens a new discussion that doesn’t necessarily require you to read the previous chapters for you to understand. That’s something that’s nice about this book, you can read it at your own leisure at any time and still get a lot of information from what you’ve read. One thing that I wish was fixed a little was how repetitive some of the chapters got. The author would explain a topic and his argument on it, and would continuously bring up the same points over and over. There was definitely parts of the book that could have been cut because they were already stated or it wasn’t too important to add to make the point understood. That is just my opinion and it doesn’t effect how good of a book it is because there is a lot of good intel to take away after reading it. Overall I would recommend reading the book to just test yourself on how much you might think you know about yourself and the world.

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