Debunking myths about the "Third World"

A while ago I posted some entries on animated statistical analysis (here and here, for instance). The following is a TEDTalks presentation given by Hans Rosling, professor of international health at Sweden's world-renowned Karolinska Institute, and founder of GapMinder, in which he explains that many of our views about the third world are inaccurate because we base them on certain assumptions, instead of actually paying attention to the data and the variations of countries within continents.



And the next video is a Google Tech Talk on precisely the same statistical software, with a slightly different angle:




Here are some helpful links for those of you interested:
Gapminder Official Web-site
Google's Gapminder World Test

I haven't checked the sites in a while, but I do remember that they were in the process of making the animated software available for private use, so maybe soon we can all start analyzing data that we want to better understand.
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