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.
The best 18 minutes you spend this week will be reviewing one of Rossling’s many TED talks, or exploring the Gapminder site, including it’s vivid new Dollar Street section.
* 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.