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. *
Hans Rosling passed away this week, and the world is already missing his insightful, impassioned analysis. I spent a wistful evening reviewing my favorite Rosling talks and exploring the terrific Gapminder site, and was reminded that the best data reveals ideas that extend far beyond the numbers. Here are some of my favorite lessons from Rosling:
And last but not least,
THE IMPOSSIBLE IS POSSIBLE.
WE CAN HAVE A GOOD WORLD.
* This quote is attributed to Mark Twain, and it is featured as Twain’s at the beginning of The Big Short movie, though it seems Twain said no such thing. Tolstoy said something quite similar, but with more words and fewer ain’ts.