Think Like A Freak

Think Like A Freak

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Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have written their most revolutionary book yet. With their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, they take listeners inside their thought process and offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems. The topics range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining the brain.
Publisher: New York : Harper Audio, p2014
ISBN: 9781467676236
Branch Call Number: 658.403 LEV
Characteristics: 1 sound media player (7 hr.) : digital ; 8.5 x 5.25 cm
Additional Contributors: Dubner, Stephen J.


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Aug 22, 2017

If your goal is to become an unemployed bs artist then reading this book will help you.

Jul 21, 2016

Entertaining to listen to, but not very edifying nor especially helpful either (get ALL the information, consider the incentives of each person involved, delay decisions somewhat, etc.).

Jun 29, 2016

I've listened to all the Freakanomic podcasts, so I found most of this stuff mentioned in this book mentioned in their podcast. But if you aren't a loyal listener to the podcast, I'd recommend reading it. It's still good, just personally it felt regurgitated.

baruch5361 Dec 29, 2015

A great read would recommend for any one.

Oct 21, 2015

Spectacular book on how to think and live your life.

Sep 15, 2015

I love Steven and Stephen. I was blown away a few years ago by Freakonomics and now I tore through this book, Think Like a Freak, in just two nights. Along the way I was reminded that I somehow missed SuperFreakonomics. (Now added to my to-read list.) The process of thinking like a freak starts with a fundamentally simple underlying principle, a classic tenet of science: Look at the data without bias and draw your conclusions accordingly. The key here is "without bias." That problem alone could account for the deficit of useful scientific discourse in the world today. On the flip side, as any Freak will tell you, bias sells so that's a powerful incentive to overcome. With the above foundation in place Steven and Stephen next go looking for hidden causalities that may be undergirding everyday phenomenon. Here I'm reminded of H. L. Mencken, "For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong." In the economic arena of cause and effect it's easy to think the root of a problem is one thing when it might be something else entirely. Or maybe there are entrenched incentives blocking an obvious solution. Sometimes the truth is hidden; sometimes our biases cause us to want to not see the truth. This book provides plenty of real-world examples to explore these ideas. To Think Like a Freak is to not only think outside of the box, but to think outside of our own preconceived notions.

francis_e Sep 14, 2015

A surprisingly boring book coming from an author I had very high expectations from. This book is a shinning example of knowing to quit while you are ahead. Very few original insights are given and the author essentially spends the entire book re-hashing famous points he made in the past while weaving in cliched sayings that could be picked from your grandmothers favourite Ann Landers column.

If you must read I would definitely check out from the library, not worth the 15$ purchase.

Aug 16, 2015

With their usual wit and clear, concise writing, Levitt and Dubner explain in layman terms the methodology that they used for their now famed Freakenomics series. Illustrated with curious yet compelling examples, it reveals basically two elements: you need lots of data and you need to be curious. Experimentation, long relegated to the sphere of "hard" sciences can, and should, be applied to social sciences. In this book, the authors debunk some of the steadfast assumptions that we hold and challenge the reader to reframe and reset filters and world views.
Their conclusions are not great ones, but they are well formulated, sound... and an entertaining read if nothing else!

Jun 22, 2015

Reading this book is not going to give you the answer to the big problems (i.e. world hunger) but it is going to make you think...and that's the whole point. So many people today believe they have all the answers and can be quite nasty about any other thoughts. While they probably won't read this book, I am glad I did. It's a great light read.

May 06, 2015

The authors warn that if you follow their advice, expect to be unpopular or even ostracized by other people. Their premise is that most people don't trust the data when making decisions. Instead, their internal beliefs and/or moral compasses more strongly determine their decisions. As in their previous two books, Dubner and Levitt use startling examples to illustrate their points. You can even participate in their online poll to determine big decisions in your life with the toss of a coin. Interesting, provocative reading!

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