Art hD contains unfortunate misrepresen Incredible fast entertaining read Thinkers like this one occasionall remind me just why Iave chosen my professionShort Synopsis says it allPutting the Freak in Economics In which the global financial meltdown is entirely ignored in favor of engaging topicsThe perils of walking drunkThe unlikely savior of Indian womenDrowning in orse manureWhat is freakonomics anywayToothless sharks and bloodthirsty elephantsThings you always thought you knew but didn tChapter 1 How is a Street Prostitute Like a Department Store Santa In which we explore the various costs of being a womanMeet LaSheena a part time prostituteOne million dead witches The many ways in which females are punished for being born femaleEven Radcliffe women pay the priceTitle IX creates jobs for women men take them1 of every 50 women a prostituteThe booming sex trade in old time ChicagoA survey like no otherThe erosion of prostitute payWhy did oral sex get so cheapPimps versus RealtorsWhy cops love prostitutesWhere did all the schoolteachers goWhat really accounts for the male female wage gapDo men love money the way women love kidsCan a sex change boost your salaryMeet Allie the appy prostitute why aren t there women like Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard herChapter 2 Why Should Suicide Bombers Buy Life Insurance In which we discuss compelling aspects of birth and death though primarily deathThe worst month toave a babyThe natal roulette affects The Matriarchs (The Family horses tooWhy Albert Aab will outshine Albert ZyzmorThe birthdate bulgeWhere does talent come fromSome families produce baseball players others produce terroristsWhy terrorism is so cheap and easyThe trickle down effects of September 11The man who fixesospitalsWhy the newest ERs are already obsoleteHow can you tell a good doctor from a bad one Bitten by a client at work Why you want your ER doc to be a womanA variety of ways to postpone deathWhy is chemotherapy so widely used when it so rarely works We re still getting our butts kicked by cancer War not as dangerous as you thinkHow to catch a terroristChapter 3 Unbelievable Stories About Apathy and Altruism In which people are revealed to be less good than previously thought but also less badWhy did 38 people watch Kitty Genovese be murderedWith neighbors like theseWhat caused the 1960s crime explosionHow the ACLU encourages crimeLeave It to Beaver not as innocent as you thinkThe roots of altruism pure and impureWho visits retirement Notes for the Everlost homesNatural disasters and slow news daysEconomists make like Galileo andit the labThe brilliant simplicity of the Dictator gamePeople are so generousThank goodness for donorcycles The great Iranian kidney experimentFrom driving a truck to the ivory towerWhy don t real people behave like people in the labThe dirty rotten truth about altruismScarecrows work on people tooKitty Genovese revisitedChapter 4 The Fix is in and It s Cheap and Simple In which big seemingly intractable problems are solved in surprising waysThe dangers of childbirthIgnatz Semmelweis to the rescueHow the Endangered Species Act endangered speciesCreative ways to keep from paying for your trashForceps When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) hoardingThe famine that wasn tThreeundred thousand dead whalesThe mysteries of polioWhat really prevented your No Biggy! heart attackThe killer carThe strange story of Robert McNamaraLet s drop some skulls down the stairwellHurray for seat beltsWhat s wrong with riding shotgunHow much good do car seats doCrash test dummies tell no liesWhyurricanes kill and what can be done about itChapter 5 What Do Al Gore and Mount Pinatubo Have in Common In which we take a cool Crush It! hard look at global warmingLet s melt the ice capWhat s worse car exhaust or cow fartsIf you love the earth eat kangarooIt all comes down to negative externalitiesThe Club versus LoJackMount Pinatubo teaches a lessonThe obscenely smart somewhat twisted gentlemen of Intellectual VenturesAssassinating mosuitoes Sir I am every kind of scientist An inconvenient truthinessWhat climate models missIs carbon dioxide the wrong villain Big ass volcanoes and climate changeHow to cool the earthThe gardenose to the sky Reasons to Attracting Birds to Your Backyard hate geoengineeringJumping the repugnance barrier Soggy mirrors and the puffy cloud solutionWhy behavior change is soardDirty Deep Listening hands and deadly doctorsForeskins are falling c Ugh pop culture trash masuerading as economics in turn masuerading asard scienceThere were so many glaring flaws in the authors assumptions logic and conclusions that within just the introduction they Bird-by-Bird Gardening had already lost all credibilityRight up front the authors declare that fears about global warming are overblown because the issue will likely be solved by technological innovation and then offer as proof the fact that cars eliminated the problems caused byorse based transportation So you know don t worry everyone we re sure to The Works of Saint Augustine have a solution to global warming with even larger negative externalities any day now That s not even taking into account subtle problems with the we always innovate our way out of problems argument like survivorship bias or the assumption thatuman ingenuity is unbounded or the assumption that we ll recognize pending catastrophes in time to act or the assumption that global changes will be politically acceptable on a global level or the complete disregard for loss of life while waiting for the technological solution etcI uickly concluded that this book wasn t worth the effort to finish TABLE OF CONTENTS close to verbatimIntro In which the global financial meltdown is entirely ignored in favor of engaging topicsthe perils of walking drunkthe unlikely savior of Indian womendrowning in orse manurewhat is freakonomicstoothless sharks bloodthirsty elephantsthings you always thought you knew but didn tChapter 1 In which we explain the various costs of being a womanLaShanna part time prostituteOne million dead witchesThe many ways in which females are punished for being born femaleEven Radcliffe women pay the priceTitle IX creates jobs for women men take them1 of every 50 women a prostituteThe booming sex trade in old time ChicagoA survey like no otherThe erosion of prostitute payWhy did oral sex get so cheapPimps vs Realtors pimpact vs rimpactwhy cops love prostituteswhere did all the schoolteachers gowhat really accounts for the male female wage gapdo men love money the way women love kidscan a sex change boost your salarymeet Allie the appy prostitute why aren t there women like My Teacher Is a Robot herChapter 2 In which we discuss compelling aspects of birth death though primarily deaththe worst month toave a babythe natal roulette affects orses toowhy Albert Aab will outshine Albert Zyzmorthe birthdate bulgewhere does talent come fromsome families produce baseball players others produce terroristswhy
Terrorism Is So Cheap Easythe is so cheap easythe down effects of Sept 11the man who fixes ospitalswhy the newest ERs are already obsoletehow can you tell a good doctor from a bad onebitten by a client at workwhy you want your ER doc to be a womana variety of ways to postpone deathwhy is chemotherapy so widely used when it so rarely workswe re still getting our butts kicked by cancerwar not as dangerous as you thinkhow to catch a terroristChapter 3 In which people are revealed to be less good than previously thought but also less badwhy did 38 people watch Kitty Genovese be murderedwith neighbors like thesewhat caused the 1960s crime explosionhow the ACLU encourages crimeLeave it to Beaver not as innocent as you thinkthe roots of pure impurewho visits retirement Moanas New Friend (Disney Moana) homesnatural disasters and slow news dayseconomists make like Galileoit the labthe simplicity of the Dictator gamepeople are so generousthank goodness for donorcyclesthe great Iranian kidney experimentfrom driving a truck to the ivory tower John Listeconomistwhy don t real people behave like people in the labthe dirty rotten truth about altruismscarecrows work on people tooKitty Genovese revisitedChapter 4 In which big seemingly intractable problems are solved in surprising waysthe dangers of childbirthIgnatz Semmelweis to the rescuehow the Endangered Species Act endangered speciescreative ways to keep from paying for your trashforceps Professional Capital hoardingthe famine that wasn t300000 dead whalesthe mysteries of poliowhat really prevented youreart attackthe killer carthe strange story of Robert McNamara seatbelts at Fordlet s drop some skulls down the stairwellhurray for seatbeltswhat s #Wrong With Riding Shotgunhow Much Good Do Car Seats Docrash # with riding shotgunhow much good do car seats docrash dummies tell no lieswhy Seven Dwarfs Find a House (Disney Classic) hurricanes kill and what can be done about itChapter 5 In which we take a coolard look at global warminglet s melt the ice capwhat s worse car exhaust or cow fartsif you love the earth eat kangarooit all comes down to negative externalitiesTheClub vs LoJackMt Pinatubo teaches a lessonthe obscenely smart somewhat twisted gentlemen of Intellectual VenturesAssassinating mosuitoesSir I am every kind of scientistan inconvenient truthinesswhat climate models missis carbon dioxide the wrong villainbig ass volcanoes and climate changehow the cool the earththe garden Berlioz, Vol. 2 hose to the skyreasons toate geoengineeringjumping the repugnance barriersoggy mirrors and the puffy cloud solution over waterwhy behavior change is so The Middle Sin (Cleo North harddirtyands and deadly doctorsforeskins are fallingEpilogue Monkeys are people toomicroeconomics experiment teaching monkeys to use moneyprice shocks income shocksgambling loss aversioncrime paysprostitutionfear of damage to monkey social structure ends experiments Microeconomics Ever since I read the first Freakonomics book years ago I became a super freak and LOVED the real world expose on things we always seem to take for grantedIncentives work Period They work to control our behavior than anything else Prostitution was uge years ago because it paid very well compared to any other kind of work that a woman could do Often ten times the going rate of anything Cops turned a blind eye because they could partake of the services Those other really moral people who tried to stop it found they couldn t because they didn t understand the full circumstances So what reduced prostitution Higher wages for women in general Choice It was never a matter of morality It was a matter of going where the money isIf we compare a geophysical engineering event such as setting off a volcano to combat global warming it would cost a lot LESS than Al Gore s whole PR campaign that tried to browbeat everyone. SCan eating kangaroo save the planetWhich adds value a pimp or a RealtorLevitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one else whether investigating a solution to global warming or explaining why the price of oral sex as fallen so drastically By examining Midnight Fantasies how people respond to incentives they show the world for what it really is – good bad ugly and in the final analysis super freakyFreakonomicsas been imitated many times over – but only now with SuperFreakonomics Men of Steele Bundle has it met its mat. All the chapters in this book start with How is and then two subjects are compared or contrasted so in this spirit I ask How is a follow up book like a Shepherd s PieBecause shepherd s pie is made with the bits of meat discarded or not finished at a previous meal And so it is with this book Chapters not good enough to make it into the superb Freakonomics A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everythingave been recycled into this book It s ok but like anything that isn t first choice it s not got that wow factor amaze me tell me all these things about the world I d never even thought of More uh Million-Dollar Nanny huh really yeah interesting to know3 stars Reading this book was an enormous pleasure It was like sitting down with a superb raconteur andearing story after story of amazing and extraordinary events Oh no you exclaim surely that one can t be true But yes it is And so you leap on The Millionaires Waitress Wife (The Brubaker Brides, hungrily to the next peculiar storyThis is a treasure chest of information for anyone interested in psychology economics or just sheeruman cussedness The people behind the book work brilliantly together economics lecturer Steven Levitt and New York Times journalist Stephen Dubner Please can we ave academics and journalists working in tandem The result ere is so goodFor me there was no real overarching theme rather the book was a series of rollicking anecdotes about the unexpected and contrary It makes a great follow on to the authors first book just called Freakonomics I reckon both book are amongst the most entertaining I The Millionaires Miracle have ever read and I can t recommend themighly enoughI shall end with my usual medley of notes about some of the things that particularly caught my attention Warningthese notes are a real otch potch view spoiler TELEVISION AND THE UALITY OF LIFE FOR WOMEN IN INDIAMany initiatives ave been instigated to improve the lives of women in India where they are often treated badly both as children and adults None of these projects Mine Under the Mistletoe have been very successful Then American economists Emily Oster and Robert Jensen compared villages with cable television to those without television They examined data from a government survey of 2700ouseholds most of them ruralIn The Medicine Man households with televisionWife beating was less toleratedParents were less likely to admit toaving a preference for male childrenWomen were likely to exercise personal autonomyThe families Maverick Christmas had a lower birthrate associated with autonomy and fewerealth risksThey were likely to keep their daughters in schoolMACROECONOMICS Economists predictions are generally worthless They Millionaires Dont Count (Harlequin Mini have aard enough time explaining the past much less predicting the future They are still arguing over whether Franklin Roosevelt s policy moves uelled The Great Depression or exacerbated itIt seems part of the Liberating Paris human condition to believe in our own predictive abilities and just as well to uickly forgetow badly our predictions turned out to beSPORTY WOMEN ARE SUCCESSFULBetsey Stevenson discovered that girls who play The Lost Queen (Faerie Path, high school sports are likely to attend college and land a solid job especially in some of theigh skill fields traditionally dominated by menSELLING HOUSES BY YOURSELF ON THE INTERNET V SELLING VIA A REALTOR ESTATE AGENTWith the latter you pay a commission of about 20000 on a 400000 To Dwell in Darkness (Duncan Kincaid Gemma James, house and research shows that there are very few benefits If you do it yourself you must do it on the internet on a website specialising in sellingouses Paying to do that costs just 150but you ave to do all the work yourself Houses sold directly on the internet take an average of an extra 20 days to sellA third way is flat fee real estate agents and they are even MORE expensive than realtorsBABY FORMULA MILKThe introduction of this allowed thousands of women to get right back into workFEMALE TEACHERS100 years ago this was one of the few non menial jobs available to women At the time6% of all working women were teachers and by a large margin it was the choice of female college graduates 55% of all college educated female workers in their early thirties were employed as teachersSoon afterwards opportunities for smart women began to multiply and they could enter law medicine business and financeand there was a brain drain from teaching and standards droppedWOMEN EXECUTIVES Research as shown that gender discrimination plays only a minor role in olding women back Women take far fewer finance courses and all being eual there is a strong correlation between a finance background and career earningsWomen also work fewer ours than men A study of people completing their MBAs showed that women in the study worked 52 The Serpent of Venice hours a week whilst the men worked 58ours a week The big issues seems to be that women love childrenWomen with no children work 3% less Marrying Winterborne (The Ravenels, hours than menWomen with children work 24% lessours than menWomen also take career interruptions than men After 10 years in the workforce10% of men with MBAs went for 6 months or without working40% of women with MBAs went for 6 months or without workingHIGH STATUS CONFERS LONGEVITYEven amongst those nominated for the Nobel Prize Winners live longer than those who Kiss of Surrender (Deadly Angels, have just been nominated but don t winPeople voted into The Baseball Hall of Fame outlive those were were narrowly omitted CANCERChemotherapyelps with leukemia lymphoma Hodgkin s disease and testicular cancerbut in most cases it is pretty ineffective There is a list of cancers where chemotherapy as zero effectmultiple myeloma soft tissue
Sarcoma Melanoma Of melanoma of the and cancers of the pancreas uterus prostate bladder kidney breast and lung Some oncologists argue that with these types of cancer chemotherapy elps one out of ten peopleSo why is chemotherapy used so muchOncologists are amongst the ighest paid doctorsThey typically derive than alf their income from selling and administering chemotherapy drugsIf they give a lung cancer patient an extra 2 months to live when Rain (Paper Gods, he only expected to live 4 months on paper this will look an impressive feat The doctor extended the patient s remaining life by 50% Thereas been little Difference In How Many People in ow many people of cancer in the last 50 years The age adjusted mortality rate for cancer is essentially unchanged over the past alf centuryBUTOver the same period age adjusted mortality for cardiovascular disease The Replacement Wife has plummeted From nearly 600 per 100000 to beneath 300THEREFOREMany people who in previous generations died fromeart disease are now living to die of cancer instead So the statistics are better than they initially lookCancer death rates are falling amongst younger peoplePeople 20 or younger mortality Damned (Witch Hunt has fallen by over 50%People 20 40 Mortalityas fallen by 20%This is an especially good result as incidents of cancers in this age group The Bluebird Bet (Welcome to Tall Pines have been rising Probably due to diet behaviours and environmental factors HEART DISEASEDeaths fromeart disease Hot-Blooded Italians have fallen substantially over the past few decades Expensive treatments like grafts angioplasties and stentsave only Mlynowski Teen Thriller had a very small impactThe declineas come rather from the success of medications which treat Reggie high cholesterol andigh blood pressure This accounts for Switchback half the dropMuch of the remaining declineas come from ridiculously cheap treatments like asperin Marrying Marcus (Virgin Brides, heparin ACE inhibitors and beta blockersHORSE TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS IN NEW YORK IN 1900 VERSUS CAR TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS IN NEW YORK IN 20071900 Horse accidents claimed the lives of 1 out of every 17000 residents2007 Car accidents claimed the lives of 1 out of every 30000 residents People were nearly twice as like to die in 1900 from aorse accident than from a car accident todayTHE LAW OF UNINTENDED CONSEUENCES IS OFTEN SEEN WHEN GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION IS PASSEDeg governments who Belonging (Temptation, have tried to reduce trash by charging people for extra bags of trash1 Some people just stuff their existing bags and full a tactic now known by trash officers around the world as Seattle Stomp2 Others just dump their trash in the woods3 In Germany trash tax avoiders flused so much uneaten food down the toilets that the sewers became infested with rats4 A new garbage tax in Ireland generated a spike in backyard trash burning St James s Hospital in Dublin recorded a near tripling of patients whoad set themselves on fire while burning trashFORCEPSThese can save lives if a baby is stuck in the birth canalThey are thought to If Im Found (If I Run have been invented early in the 17th century by an obstetrician called Peter Chamerlen They worked so well that Chamberlen kept them a secret sharing them only with sons and grandsons who continued in the family businessIt wasn t until the mid 18th century that they passed into general usage The surgeon Atul Gawande says that millions of babies lives were lost as a result of thisoardingDIRTY TIESDoctors should be forbidden to wear ordinary ties as these collect pathogens and are rarely laundered Instead doctors should wear bow tiesNITRATE FERTILIZERSThese are astonishingly cheap and effective They feed our world If we lost them we would only CaddyGirls have fruit and animal products on special occasions or they would only be eaten by the richWHALE OIL AND OIL UNDERGROUNDIn the 19th century whales were the economic engine thatelped turn the USA into a powerhouse Every inch of whales could be used Most valuable was whale oil a lubricant for all sorts of machinery but also for lamps In the 19th century there were 900 whaling ships 735 of them were in the USA1835 1872 An average of 7700 whales a year were killed It was the fifth largest industry in the USThen the industry was exhausted through over whaling and it begun to fail That is when a retired railway man called Edwin L Drake using a steam engine to power a drill through 70 feel of shale and bedrock struck oil in Titusville PennsylvaniaThe new oil industry provided work for unemployed whalers and it saved whales from near certain extinctionCHANGING PEOPLE S BEHAVIOUR IS HARD WORKSEAT BELTSFor instance the introduction of seat belts in cars These were initially thought of by Robert McNamara who worked for The Ford Motor CompanyCongress began setting federal safety standards in the mid 1960s but even 15 years later seat belt usage was laughably low just 11%Over time the numbers crept up thanks to a variety of nudges1 The threat of a traffic ticket2 Expensive public awareness campaigns3 Annoying beeps and dashboard lights if the belt wasn t buckled4 And eventually a societal acceptance that wearing a seat belt The New York Times best selling Freakonomics was a worldwide sensation selling over four million copies in thirty five languages and changing the way we look at the world Now Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner return with SuperFreakonomics and fans and newcomers alike will find that the freakuel is even bolder funnier and surprising than the firstFour years in the making SuperFreakonomics asks not only the tough uestions but the unexpected ones What's dangerous driving drunk or walking drunk Why is chemother. .
Asn t an insult to anyone s driving abilitySeat belt usage in 1985 21%Seat belt usage in 1990 61%Seat belt usage in 2009 Over 80%In fact seat belts reduce the risk of death in traffic accident by as much as 70% and at about 25 each are one of the most cost effective life saving devices ever inventedCOWS SHEEP AND METHANERuminants cud chewing animals are wicked polluters They do this via exhalation flatulence belching and their manureMethane is 25 times potent as a green Assignment house gas than carbon dioxide released by cars orumans The world s ruminants are responsible for about 50% greenhouse gas than the entire transport sectorPossible solutions Shift away from eating red meat to eating chicken fish eggs or a vegetable based diet This does to reduce greenhouse gases than eating locally resourced food Eat kangaroo meat they produce much less methane In fact Australian scientists are trying to replicate the digestive bacteria in kangaroos stomachs so it can be transplanted to cowsGLOBAL WARMING HEROESAl Gore is usually Philosophy of Religion held up as a marvellous campaigner for global warming issues but the authors of this book think a lot ofis ideas are wrong Instead they promote Nathan Myhrvold and No Respect his Budyko s Blanket A plan to put sulfer dioxide into the stratosphere which they believe could reverse global warminghttpgreenmanblogcomp251GLOBAL WARMING AT THE POLESGlobal warming is largely a polar phenomenon High latitude areas are 4 times sensitive to climate change than the euatoride spoiler I liked this book than I expected I would like it and liked it than their previous effort but The Spirituality Revolution have given it less stars this time than the last one The reason for this is that their last book introduced me to the whole field of behavioural economics and one is always fond of books that introduce entire new fieldsIad some real problems with some of the contents of this book or rather not the contents so much as the underlying philosophy There is a lack of consistency of thought behind this one that is uite startling Look I m than appy to go with the whole Walt Whitman thing about being large and complex beings and therefore admitting of contradictions but only so farThe underlying premise of this one is that people respond to incentives The problem is that people don t necessarily respond to incentives in the ways that we might expect As a theme this is utterly fascinating although a much better book on this subject is Predictably Irrational The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions The problem with this book is that the thinkers ere aren t able to Economies and Cultures hold an idea like that in theireads the whole way through and to see where their examples illustrate that idea and when their examples contradict that idea What the lesson of this book ought to Designing with Web Standards have beenThe world is a very complex place We learn rules and laws and tendencies of behaviour mostly byolding all the endless numbers of variables or less eual while fiddling with only one variable at a time Sometimes this brings great insight often not but in trying to understand incredibly complex systems this method of fiddling Sadies Surrender (Oyster Harbor, has the advantage that inolding all other things eual we get an idea of what the particular knob we are fiddling with effects when you turn it With Structure Of The Nucleus human behaviour even economic behaviour you are always dealing with incredible complexity However people tend to behave in ways that are fairly predictable and we can devise experiments that testow they will behave that do First Anthology hold some of the other variables pretty constant Some of those experiments say incredibly fascinating things about what it is to beuman But don t ever forget that people are not simple they are always complex and just because you think you ave them down pat they are always ALWAYS capable of surprising you either with ow nice they can be or with Passage Through Crisis how bloody appallingly they can behaveIf this bookad done this and been consistent in Science, Technology and Culture having done this I probably wouldave given it five stars As you see I don t ask much I don t think this book really does know what message it truly wants to get across and so it reads like a series of sometimes interesting bits of information that are spat out one after another before they The Road to Einsteins Relativity have been properly digested or even properly masticated The whole thing is a bit of a mess really saved only by the inherent interest there is in the subject This might be best illustrated with an example from the first book where they spoke about the Israeli day care centre that started charging parents for being late fascinating example of incentives and unintended conseuences but if you want to understand this example then don t read about it in Freakonomics A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything getold of Predictably Irrational The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions I would Black Boy have thought that the lesson this book wouldave wanted to make abundantly clear would be that complex systems respond in unpredictable ways to simple interventions There may be consistent patterns that we can understand but overall you are better Nighttime Sweethearts having an open mind when you come to a new example of incentives and interventions and go back to the data rather than theories to judge the effectiveness of particular interventions And this is the lesson of the book in part when they are discussing car accidents or drunk walking they do go back to the data The fact that I think they seem toave misrepresented some of the data and that I would rather they ad given detail to support their views is a little beside the
at least they Were In A behaving in a that I could follow if not necessarily agree withBut when they started solving climate change I figured they ad completely lost the plot of their book entirely I ve no idea if pumping the upper atmosphere with sulphur really is a low cost solution to climate change and great if it is but the authors were so keen to prove their thesis that simple solutions are always best and that governments are congenitally incapable of ever coming up with a simple solution that I m rather certain most readers of this book will tragically believe that global warming Safe in My Arms has now been solved by an ex owner of Microsoft I mean if it was someone whoad Presunta colpevole helped set up Apple I mightave believed that such a solution to global warming might even exist but Microsoft Don t be silly As if simple and Microsoft were words that could reasonably be used in the same sentence After telling us that the climate is so difficult to understand that we can t even really model it they then say they Poisoned Secrets (Murder and Mayhem have the solution to all our problems and all it involves is a great big bloodyose pumping rotten egg gas into the sky Like I said maybe global warming all will be uite so easy to solve but even so you are messing with a complex system you shouldn t be too surprised if your simple intervention Safe Words has unpredictable conseuences And what if this intervention is too effective I know it might only take three years for things to get back to normal butow are we to survive without food for three years Do you really want someone from Microsoft pissing around with our climate It makes my skin crawl that Microsoft ave something to do with my computer and really in the great scheme of things my computer doesn t really matter if itcrashes but leave my planet aloneThe part of this book that dealt with the story of a woman being raped and murdered in New York while 38 people watched on was interesting as it showed there was much to this story than just that people are arseholes Whenever a story seems a little too pat there is probably going to be to the story That they explain that this story is not so simple is probably worth the price of the book It is a service provided to umanity that the authors deserve to be praised forThe stuff on prostitution was interesting as was the stuff on Indian women and television I uite liked the stuff on The Black Sheeps Baby (Into The Heartland) (Into The Heartland) (Silhouette Intimate Moments, how to get doctors to wash theirands but what was most interesting about many of these examples was that they were about finding ways incentives to change a culture and that often the way found was cultural rather than financial that is a lesson you will find much easier to learn and understand from reading Predictably Irrational than it is to get from this book And why Well I can only assume it is because it is a lesson the authors Pursuit of Justice hereave not uite learned themselves yetI ve made it as plan as I can this book Dangerous to Touch has a couple of interesting examples but very few interesting insights If you want to read a book that actually will do what this book promises to do that is change the way you see the world then don t read this read Predictably Irrational The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions Does anyone actually believe this crapThe first chapter about the economics of prostitutionin this one was way better than the entire Freakonomics As a result Iad faith that the authors would stick to their field As it turns out they get and ridiculous as the book progresses finishing off with a pair of shitshows I m still trying to figure out if the global cooling chapter and the monkey chapters are jokes What bothered me most about the global cooling chapter wasn t so much the views the authors develop but that they were trying to influence people on something they seem to know little about While earlier in the book they explain Once Upon a Seduction (Its All About Attitude how economicsas expanded to social economics aka sociology political science and psychology they never really explain why economists suddenly can become scientists Why didn t they stick to the economics of global climate change That would Rodeo Daughter have been just as interesting and their field Instead they take it upon themselves to select aandful of geniuses who My Guilty Pleasure (Harlequin Blaze have found simple solutions to a complex problem Entertaining Yes Funny Yes Interesting Often Legitimate Hell no Those renegade cold blooded micro economists are back for fun filled worldly observations and scathing attacks on the status uo This time around the pair explore the economics of the worlds oldest profession and the myths and realities of global warming Makes me want to consider the incentives of most every occurrence and transaction Levitt is on to something pretty coolere Mostly of the same as Freakonomics with riffs on Malcolm Gladwell s books thrown in The glaring difference is the chapter on climate change which attempts to go waaay beyond the author s expertise in behavioral economics an. Apy prescribed so often if it's so ineffective Can a sex change boost your salarySuperFreakonomics challenges the way we think all over again exploring the Fatal Secrets (Protecting the Witnesses hidden side of everything with such uestions asHow is a street prostitute like a department store SantaWhy are doctors so bad at washing theirandsHow much good do car seats doWhat's the best way to catch a terroristDid TV cause a rise in crimeWhat do A Wanted Man (Silhouette Intimate Moments, hurricaneseart attacks and My Spy (Mission: Impassioned, highway deathsave in commonAre people ard wired for altruism or selfishnes.Point At Least They Were