Sunday, June 7, 2015

Hans Rosling's 'Magic Washing Machine’

Most people in America take for granted—at least to some extent—the marvels of our modern industrial civilization. When we discuss poverty, chances are we’re not talking about real poverty—the way people lived in pre-industrial times, or still live in much of the world today. Rather, what we commonly consider poverty in America is quite wealthy by historical standards, as this study by the Heritage Foundation demonstrates.

Hans Rosling’s presentation, The magic washing machine—sponsored by TED; an organization “devoted to spreading ideas”—offers a perspective we don’t get enough of today. Rosling is a professor of global health at Sweden's medical university, the Karolinska Institute, and a frequent TED speaker.

This presentation by Rosling is only nine minutes long, but it speaks volumes about industrialization and the energy that drives it. Rosling’s nod to “green” energy aside, his ode to economic progress should give every rational person a greater appreciation for our modern world. His personal page states, “[I]n Rosling's hands, data sings. Trends come to life. And the big picture — usually hazy at best — snaps into sharp focus.” It sure does. Have a look at The magic washing machine.


Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal—Ayn Rand

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