Ten Truths Most People Don’t Know

Surprising Truths

  1. Africa is larger than you think.
  2. Poverty in the world has dramatically declined in the past 20 years.
  3. Human beings have become less violent.
  4. Children are born with empathy and wired to want to help others.
  5. No such thing as a purely rational decision.
  6. People are getting smarter.
  7. In fact, almost everything getting better than you think.
  8. Add your favorite in the comments so we can get to 10.

How Do You Know What You Know?

  1. Africa has as many acres as Europe, China, India, Japan, and the contiguous 48 States all put together.
  2. The decline of poverty (The Economist 2013)
  3. The decline of violence (The Better Angels of our Nature by Steven Pinker)
  4. Children are born with empathy and wired to want to help others. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK8rKKp-vP0)
  5. Emotion is essential to decision-making.
  6. In the last 150 years our brains have had to master a much more complex world. (http://www.livescience.com/37095-humans-smarter-or-dumber.html
  7. In fact, almost everything getting better than you think. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLTTvHI1R)
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9 Responses to Ten Truths Most People Don’t Know

  1. Good stuff Rick. I did know most of that. Gave a philosophy cafe on the decline in violence with a Pinker video. People did not want to believe it!|

    Perhaps we could add Google and Wikipedia, Ted talks, etc and all the other free and useful stuff on the web. This is the century of the info junkie–though of course also and sadly of the disinfo plague. I haven`t been to a university library in years and yet have never had better access to journals, books etc. Though I do go to my local library which is wonderful.


  2. Jim Ackerly says:

    96.5% of all statistics are made up.

  3. Rick says:

    Larry Arnstein writes: “There are more really smart and really creative people alive in the world today than there have ever been! The younger generation is not going to the dogs! That is nonsense. The younger generation is smarter than we were, and certainly more capable of rising to the challenges that we face today.” This certainly matches my experience.

  4. Jon Madian says:

    Fun, Rick, thanks… here’s one I’d add:

    We all have a physician within that has the wisdom to guide us in healing every problem. But this physician speaks in many tongues and often uses symbols that require deep attention, even meditation.

  5. Bobby Richman says:

    Depression is now the leading cause of disability.
    link is below:

  6. Gary Gruber says:

    “The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of a doubt, what is laid before him.” Attributed to Leo Tolstoy

  7. Nicola Valentino says:

    “Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war..” Maria Montessori.. (cosi vero….)

  8. Rick says:

    From Nick Thatcher: ” ‘Just because you can do something is not a reason to do it.–Lillian Katz’ Best piece of advice EVER for parents.”

  9. Rick says:

    “All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing.” –Molière

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