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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 ver coming up with a simple solution that I m rather certain most readers of this book will tragically believe that global warming has now been solved by an x owner of Microsoft I mean if it was someone who had helped set up Apple I might have believed that such a solution to global warming might ven xist 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 ven really model it they then say they have the solution to all our problems and all it involves is a great big bloody hose pumping rotten Fiesta Moon egg gas into the sky Like I said maybe global warming all will be uite soasy to solve but ven so you are messing with a complex system you shouldn t be too surprised if your simple intervention has unpredictable conseuences And what if this intervention is too ffective I know it might only take three years for things to get back to normal but how 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 have 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 The Taste of Night explain that this story is not so simple is probably worth the price of the book It is a service provided to humanity 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 how to get doctors to wash their hands but what was most interesting about many of thesexamples 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 asier 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 here have not uite learned themselves yetI ve made it as plan as I can this book has a couple of interesting xamples 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 Ugh pop culture trash masuerading as The Trust economics in turn masuerading as hard scienceThere were so many glaring flaws in the authors assumptions logic and conclusions that within just the introduction they had already lost all credibilityRight up front the authors decl Reading this book was annormous pleasure It was like sitting down with a superb raconteur and hearing story after story of amazing and A Scandalous Regency Christmas extraordinaryvents Oh no you The Return exclaim surely that one can t be true But yes it is And so you leap on hungrily to the next peculiar storyThis is a treasure chest of information for anyone interested in psychologyconomics or just sheer human cussedness The people behind the book work brilliantly together conomics lecturer Steven Levitt and New York Times journalist Stephen Dubner Please can we have academics and journalists working in tandem The result here 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 ntertaining I have Prince Hafizs Only Vice ever read and I can t recommend them highlynoughI shall Aristotle and Poetic Justice end with my usual medley of notes about some of the things that particularly caught my attention Warningthese notes are a real hotch potch view spoiler TELEVISION AND THE UALITY OF LIFE FOR WOMEN IN INDIAMany initiatives have 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 have been very successful Then Americanconomists Emily Oster and Robert Jensen compared villages with cable television to those without television They And Bid Him Sing: A Biography of Countée Cullen examined data from a government survey of 2700 households most of them ruralIn households with televisionWife beating was less toleratedParents were less likely to admit to having a preference for male childrenWomen were likely toxercise personal autonomyThe families had a lower birthrate associated with autonomy and fewer health risksThey were likely to keep their daughters in schoolMACROECONOMICS Economists predictions are generally worthless They have a hard Bachelors and Bunnies: The Sexual Politics of Playboy enough timexplaining the past much less predicting the future They are still arguing over whether Franklin Roosevelt s policy moves uelled The Great Depression or Cyberwar: The Next Threat to National Security What to Do About It exacerbated itIt seems part of the human condition to believe in our own predictive abilities and just as well to uickly forget how badly our predictions turned out to beSPORTY WOMEN ARE SUCCESSFULBetsey Stevenson discovered that girls who play high school sports are likely to attend college and land a solid jobspecially in some of the high 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 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 selling houses Paying to do that costs just 150but you have to do all the work yourself Houses sold directly on the internet take an average of an Girl in Pieces extra 20 days to sellA third way is flat fee realstate agents and they are Battleground Chicago: The Police and the 1968 Democratic National Convention even MORExpensive 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 ducated female workers in their arly thirties were Bridging Liberalism and Multiculturalism in American Education employed as teachersSoon afterwards opportunities for smart women began to multiply and they couldnter law medicine business and financeand there was a brain drain from teaching and standards droppedWOMEN EXECUTIVES Research has shown that gender discrimination plays only a minor role in holding women back Women take far fewer finance courses and all being ual there is a strong correlation between a finance background and career arningsWomen also work fewer hours than men A study of people completing their MBAs showed that women in the study worked 52 hours a week whilst the men worked 58 hours a week The big issues seems to be that women love childrenWomen with no children work 3% less hours than menWomen with children work 24% less hours 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 
Nobel Prize Winners live longer those who have just been nominated but don t winPeople voted into The Baseball Hall of Fame outlive those were were narrowly omitted CANCERChemotherapy helps with leukemia lymphoma Hodgkin s disease and testicular cancerbut in most cases it is pretty ineffective There is a long list of cancers where chemotherapy has zero ffectmultiple myeloma soft tissue sarcoma melanoma of the skin and cancers of the pancreas uterus prostate bladder kidney breast and lung Some oncologists argue that with these types of cancer chemotherapy Helps One Out Of one out of peopleSo why is chemotherapy used so muchOncologists are amongst the highest paid doctorsThey typically derive than half their income from selling and administering chemotherapy drugsIf they give a lung cancer patient an xtra 2 months to live when he only xpected to live 4 months on paper this will look an impressive feat The doctor xtended the patient s remaining life by 50% There has been little difference in how many people die of cancer in the last 50 years The age adjusted mortality rate for cancer is City Limits essentially unchanged over the past half centuryBUTOver the same period age adjusted mortality for cardiovascular disease has plummeted From nearly 600 per 100000 to beneath 300THEREFOREMany people who in previous generations died from heart 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 has fallen by over 50%People 20 40 Mortality has fallen by 20%This is anspecially good result as incidents of cancers in this age group have been rising Probably due to diet behaviours and nvironmental factors HEART DISEASEDeaths from heart disease have fallen substantially over the past few decades Expensive treatments like grafts angioplasties and stents have only had a very small impactThe decline has come rather from the success of medications which treat high cholesterol and high blood pressure This accounts for half the dropMuch of the remaining decline has come from ridiculously cheap treatments like asperin heparin ACE inhibitors and beta blockersHORSE TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS IN NEW YORK IN 1900 VERSUS CAR. Apy prescribed so often if it's so ineffective Can a sex change boost your salarySuperFreakonomics challenges the way we think all over again xploring the hidden side of verything with such uestions asHow is a street prostitute like a department store SantaWhy are doctors so bad at washing their handsHow much good do car seats doWhat's the best way to catch a terroristDid TV cause a rise in crimeWhat do hurricanes heart attacks and highway deaths have in commonAre people hard wired for altruism or selfishnes. TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS IN NEW YORK IN 20071900 Horse accidents claimed the lives of 1 out of very 17000 residents2007 Car accidents claimed the lives of 1 out of Culture and Enchantment every 30000 residents People were nearly twice as like to die in 1900 from a horse accident than from a car accident todayTHE LAW OF UNINTENDED CONSEUENCES IS OFTEN SEEN WHEN GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION IS PASSEDeg governments who have tried to reduce trash by charging people forxtra bags of trash1 Some people just stuff their xisting 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 who had set themselves on fire while burning trashFORCEPSThese can save lives if a baby is stuck in the birth canalThey are thought to have been invented arly 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 this hoardingDIRTY 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 D DAY Through German Eyes 2 effective They feed our world If we lost them we would only have fruit and animal products on special occasions or they would only beaten by the richWHALE OIL AND OIL UNDERGROUNDIn the 19th century whales were the Baroque Personae economicngine that helped 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 Democratic Art exhausted through over whaling and it begun to fail That is when a retired railway man called Edwin L Drake using a steamngine 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 Did the Greeks Believe in Their Myths? 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 butven 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 ventually a societal acceptance that wearing a seat belt wasn 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 ach are one of the most cost Codependent Forevermore: The Invention of Self in a Twelve Step Group effective life saving devicesver inventedCOWS SHEEP AND METHANERuminants cud chewing animals are wicked polluters They do this via Conscience and Memory: Meditations in a Museum of the Holocaust exhalation flatulence belching and their manureMethane is 25 times potent as a green house gas than carbon dioxide released by cars or humans The world s ruminants are responsible for about 50% greenhouse gas than thentire transport sectorPossible solutions Shift away from Conscience and Memory eating red meat toating chicken fish Pansy Vol. 6 eggs or a vegetable based diet This does to reduce greenhouse gases thanating 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 held up as a marvellous campaigner for global warming issues but the authors of this book think a lot of his ideas are wrong Instead they promote Nathan Myhrvold and 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 Edible Memory: The Lure of Heirloom Tomatoes and Other Forgotten Foods euator hide spoiler Incredible fastntertaining read Thinkers like this one occasionall remind me just why I have chosen my professionShort Synopsis says it allPutting the Freak in Economics In which the global financial meltdown is Elizabeth I entirely ignored in favor ofngaging topicsThe perils of walking drunkThe unlikely savior of Indian womenDrowning in horse manureWhat is freakonomics anywayToothless sharks and bloodthirsty Education in a New Society elephantsThings you always thought you knew but didn tChapter 1 How is a Street Prostitute Like a Department Store Santa In which wexplore 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 Education in a New Society: Renewing the Sociology of Education every 50 women a prostituteThe booming sex trade in old time ChicagoA survey like no otherTherosion 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 happy prostitute why aren t there women like herChapter 2 Why Should Suicide Bombers Buy Life Insurance In which we discuss compelling aspects of birth and death though primarily deathThe worst month to have a babyThe natal roulette affects 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 asyThe trickle down ffects of September 11The man who fixes hospitalsWhy 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 The Baby Swap Miracle explosionHow the ACLUncourages crimeLeave It to Beaver not as innocent as you thinkThe roots of altruism pure and impureWho visits retirement homesNatural disasters and slow news daysEconomists make like Galileo and hit the labThe brilliant simplicity of the Dictator gamePeople are so generousThank goodness for donorcycles The great Iranian kidney xperimentFrom 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 
in and It s Cheap Simple In which big seemingly intractable problems are solved in surprising waysThe dangers of childbirthIgnatz Semmelweis to the rescueHow the Endangered Species Act ndangered speciesCreative ways to keep from paying for your trashForceps hoardingThe famine that wasn tThree hundred thousand dead whalesThe mysteries of polioWhat really prevented your 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 liesWhy hurricanes 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 hard look at global warmingLet s melt the ice capWhat s worse car xhaust or cow fartsIf you love the arth at kangarooIt all comes down to negative xternalitiesThe Club versus LoJackMount Pinatubo teaches a lessonThe obscenely smart somewhat twisted gentlemen of Intellectual VenturesAssassinating mosuitoes Sir I am Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation every kind of scientist An inconvenient truthinessWhat climate models missIs carbon dioxide the wrong villain Big ass volcanoes and climate changeHow to cool thearthThe garden hose to the sky Reasons to hate geoengineeringJumping the repugnance barrier Soggy mirrors and the puffy cloud solutionWhy behavior change is so hardDirty hands and deadly doctorsForeskins are falling c All the chapters in this book start with How is and THEN TWO SUBJECTS ARE COMPARED OR CONTRASTED SO IN two subjects are compared or contrasted so in 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 of meat discarded or not finished at a previous meal And so it is with this book not good Gender Justice enough to make it into the superb Freakonomics A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything have 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 neverven thought of More uh huh really yeah interesting to know3 stars 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 Generations and Collective Memory expertise in behavioralconomics and contains unfortunate misrepresentations of climate science For a SCan ating kangaroo save the planetWhich adds value a pimp or a RealtorLevitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one lse whether investigating a solution to global warming or From Notes to Narrative explaining why the price of oral sex has fallen so drastically Byxamining how people respond to incentives they show the world for what it really is – good bad ugly and in the final analysis super freakyFreakonomics has been imitated many times over – but only now with SuperFreakonomics has it met its mat. ,
Those renegade cold blooded micro Guitar Makers: The Endurance of Artisanal Values in North America economists are back for fun filled worldly observations and scathing attacks on the status uo This time around the pairxplore the conomics of the worlds oldest profession and the myths and realities of global warming Makes me want to consider the incentives of most very occurrence and transaction Levitt is on to something pretty cool here Microeconomics Ever since I read the first Freakonomics book years ago I became a super freak and LOVED the real world Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets (Paper)) expose on things we always seem to take for grantedIncentives work Period They work to control our behavior than anythinglse Prostitution was huge 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 ye 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 Does anyone actually believe this crapThe first chapter about the conomics of prostitutionin this one was way better than the ntire Freakonomics As a result I had 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 TABLE OF CONTENTS close to verbatimIntro In which the global financial meltdown is ntirely ignored in favor of Foraging for Survival engaging topicsthe perils of walking drunkthe unlikely savior of Indian womendrowning in horse manurewhat is freakonomicstoothless sharks bloodthirstylephantsthings you always thought you knew but didn tChapter 1 In which we Fragments 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 ofvery 50 women a prostituteThe booming sex trade in old time ChicagoA survey like no otherThe rosion 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 happy prostitute why aren t there women like herChapter 2 In which we discuss compelling aspects of birth death though primarily deaththe worst month to have a babythe natal roulette affects 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 asythe trickle down ffects of Sept 11the man who fixes hospitalswhy 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 xplosionhow the ACLU ncourages crimeLeave it to Beaver not as innocent as you thinkthe roots of altruism pure impurewho visits retirement homesnatural disasters and slow news dayseconomists make like Galileo hit the labthe brilliant simplicity of the Dictator gamepeople are so generousthank goodness for donorcyclesthe great Iranian kidney xperimentfrom 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 ndangered speciescreative ways to keep from paying for your trashforceps hoardingthe famine that wasn t300000 dead whalesthe mysteries of poliowhat really prevented your heart 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 test dummies tell no lieswhy hurricanes kill and what can be done about itChapter 5 In which we take a cool hard look at global warminglet s melt the ice capwhat s worse car xhaust or cow fartsif you love the One Ticket To Texas earthat kangarooit all comes down to negative Helpmate externalitiesTheClub vs LoJackMt Pinatubo teaches a lessonthe obscenely smart somewhat twisted gentlemen of Intellectual VenturesAssassinating mosuitoesSir I amvery kind of scientistan inconvenient truthinesswhat climate models missis carbon dioxide the wrong villainbig ass volcanoes and climate changehow the cool the Art, Culture, and Cuisine: Ancient and Medieval Gastronomy earththe garden hose to the skyreasons to hate geoengineeringjumping the repugnance barriersoggy mirrors and the puffy cloud solution over waterwhy behavior change is so harddirty hands and deadly doctorsforeskins are fallingEpilogue Monkeys are people toomicroeconomicsxperiment teaching monkeys to use moneyprice shocks income shocksgambling loss aversioncrime paysprostitutionfear of damage to monkey social structure nds xperiments I liked this book than I Black British Cultural Studies: A Reader expected I would like it and liked it than their previousffort but have given it less stars this time than the last one The reason for
THIS IS THAT THEIR LAST BOOK 
is that their last book me to the whole field of behavioural conomics and One Is Always Fond Of is always fond of that introduce ntire new fieldsI had 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 happy 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 xpect 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 here aren t able to hold an idea like that in their heads the whole way through and to see where their xamples illustrate that idea and when their Crisis and Continuity at the Abbasid Court: Formal and Informal Politics in the Caliphate of Al-Muqtadir (295-320/908-32) examples contradict that idea What the lesson of this book ought to have beenThe world is a very complex place We learn rules and laws and tendencies of behaviour mostly by holding all thendless numbers of variables or less Silvers Edge 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 has the advantage that in holding all other thingsual we get an idea of what the particular knob we are fiddling with ffects when you turn it With human behaviour ven Going Berserk economic behaviour you are always dealing with incredible complexity However people tend to behave in ways that are fairly predictable and we can devisexperiments that test how they will behave that do hold some of the other variables pretty constant Some of those xperiments say incredibly fascinating things about what it is to be human But don t ver forget that people are not simple they are always complex and just because you think you have them down pat they are always ALWAYS capable of surprising you Come Hell or High Water: Feminism and the Legacy of Armed Conflict in Central America either with how nice they can be or with how bloody appallingly they can behaveIf this book had done this and been consistent in having done this I probably would have 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 have been properly digested orven 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 Autobiography and Other Writings example from the first book where they spoke about the Israeli day care centre that started charging parents for being late fascinatingxample of incentives and unintended conseuences but if you want to understand this xample then don t read about it in Freakonomics A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything get hold of Predictably Irrational The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions I would have thought that the lesson this book would have 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 having an open mind when you come to a new xample of incentives and interventions and go back to the data rather than theories to judge the Unbeatable Mind (3rd Edition): Forge Resiliency and Mental Toughness to Succeed at an Elite Level (English Edition) eBook: Mark Divine: Amazon.fr: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l. 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 to have misrepresented some of the data and that I would rather they had given detail to support their views is a little beside the point at least they were behaving in a way that I could follow if not necessarily agree withBut when they started solving climate change I figured they had completely lost the plot of their bookntirely I ve no idea if pumping the upper atmosphere with sulphur really is a low cost solution to climate. 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 ven 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.

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