Think Like A Freak

Think Like A Freak

The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain

eBook - 2014
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The New York Times bestselling Freakonomics changed the way we see the world, exposing the hidden side of just about everything. Then came SuperFreakonomics, a documentary film, an award-winning podcast, and more.Now, with Think Like a Freak, 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 us inside their thought process and teach us all to think a bit more productively, more creatively, more rationally—to think, that is, like a Freak.Levitt and Dubner offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems, whether your interest lies in minor lifehacks or major global reforms. As always, no topic is off-limits. They range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining your brain. Along the way, you'll learn the secrets of a Japanese hot-dog-eating champion, the reason an Australian doctor swallowed a batch of dangerous bacteria, and why Nigerian e-mail scammers make a point of saying they're from Nigeria.Some of the steps toward thinking like a Freak: First, put away your moral compass—because it's hard to see a problem clearly if you've already decided what to do about it. Learn to say "I don't know"—for until you can admit what you don't yet know, it's virtually impossible to learn what you need to. Think like a child—because you'll come up with better ideas and ask better questions. Take a master class in incentives—because for better or worse, incentives rule our world. Learn to persuade people who don't want to be persuaded—because being right is rarely enough to carry the day. Learn to appreciate the upside of quitting—because you can't solve tomorrow's problem if you aren't willing to abandon today's dud.Levitt and Dubner plainly see the world like no one else. Now you can too. Never before have such iconoclastic thinkers been so revealing—and so much fun to read.
Publisher: 2014
ISBN: 9780062218360
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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The New York Times bestselling authors of Freakonomics offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems, whether your interest lies in minor lifehacks or major global reforms.

The New York Times bestselling authors of Freakonomics offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems, whether your interest lies in minor lifehacks or major global reforms.


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dirtbag1
Aug 22, 2017

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

baruch5361 Dec 29, 2015

A great read would recommend for any one.

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danielestes
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.

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Cecilturtle
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!

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107mg
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.

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JeffBowman
Feb 27, 2015

Love these two - Good read for us Econo-Freaks.....More please may I have another!

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brownrob
Oct 05, 2014

I will ready this book!

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eastvanbookfan
Jul 08, 2014

I have enjoyed all three books by these two authors. I hope to read another by them down the road. Giving me a new take on things I thought I knew for sure, that is how I would describe this and other 'freaky' books by these two...

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mswrite
Jun 16, 2014

I haven't yet read Freakonomics, this book's best-selling predecessor, or its follow-up, but I think now I will, having enjoyed this one so much. Think Like A Freak really just encourages you to reconsider what you think you know about the world and the people in it, and suggests there's value in engaging them in less dogmatic ways. (Including learning not to be afraid to ask questions others might consider obvious or even impolite.)
The authors' message is presented in a refreshingly breezy, conversational and frequently humorous tone, often using quirky real-life people and stories to illustrate their points. Highly recommended.

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