Today’s post is prompted by a piece on the BBC website ahead of a programme on BBC2 this evening at 9pm (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24836917). I recommend that you complete the quiz on the page before reading the article, and I confess that I scored 4 out of 9 and thus matched the sort of score that was apparently achieved by chimpanzees selecting the answers at random. What’s interesting about the quiz and the article (and what I hope will be further developed in the programme this evening) is the extent to which many of the answers seem counter-intuitive. The ‘received wisdom’ of the developed : developing world paradigm that has dominated media coverage for the past thirty plus years has apparently failed to keep track of what is happening in the areas of population growth, global health, literacy rates and other key measures that have previously been used to distinguish rich, Western countries from poor, Southern ones
Of course, it’s possible that the data that Prof Rosling draws on is well-known to readers of this blog already, and it is just that I’ve not been reading the right newspapers and periodicals; but I suspect it’s more likely that the key points arising from the research have not been widely communicated previously
Either way, I am really looking forward to tonight’s programme. I’d also love to hear from readers of this what scores you got in the quiz. I hope to be reassured that I’m not the only chimpanzee here!