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Posted by: Joe Weber on June 08
Wonder about how China’s rocket-like growth in recent years puts it in comparison to other countries? Check out this videoblog by Hans Rosling, whose ingenious software and keen mastery of statistics charts societal gains in ways that will make you think anew about progress.
He compares the growth of China and the United Kingdom. Where 200 years ago, the U.K. led the world - both in regard to health and economy — this analysis shows how China has been narrowing the gap with it and the rest of the world. And, in the coming five years, it will do so faster than ever, Rosling shows by using projections that even take into account the current global economic crisis.
Rosling, a physician and professor of global health at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, will convince you in a series of presentations that progress is man’s lot. He skewers preconceived notions as he demonstrates the power of statistics to chart improvements in health, per capita income and population growth over decades.
One of Rosling’s myth-busting presentations scores the press – though perhaps should criticize the scare-mongers in the health establishment – for the swine-flu scare. For that insight, check out Swine Flu Hype Alert.
In Yes they can! he shows how low and middle income countries are catching up with high income lands
And check out the tables that he uses to chart the growth in income and the decline in child mortality worldwide over the last few decades. Despite all the many setbacks the globe wrestles with, the march of progress is dramatically clear in his statistical analysis. He will tell you things about the Third World that you likely didn’t know.
Rosling, a cofounder of Doctors Without Borders, tracked disease in Africa. He has written widely on global health. And he has sat down with a mix of leaders around the world, including Fidel Castro.
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