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LevittY lost the plot of their book entirely I ve no idea if pumping the pper 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 A Want of Kindness 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 ex owner of Microsoft I mean if it was someone who had helped setp Apple I might have 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 A Little Kinder used in the same sentence After tellings that the climate is so difficult to JAPAN 1/1M3. understand that we can t even 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 egg gas into the sky Like I said maybe global warming all will beite so easy to solve but even so you are messing with a complex system you shouldn t be too surprised if your simple intervention has npredictable conseuences And what if this intervention is too effective 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 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 ite liked the stuff on how to get doctors to wash their hands 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 The Parisian Prowler 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 notite learned themselves yetI ve made it as plan as I can this book 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 Reading this book was an enormous pleasure It was like sitting down with a superb raconteur and hearing 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 All the chapters in this book Start With How Is And with How is and two subjects are compared or contrasted so in this spirit I ask How is a follow Cross My Heart and Hope to Die 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 Everything have been recycled into this book It s ok but like anythi 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 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 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 tnderstand 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 into altruism And it would be effectiveThe threat of terrorism is often much effective than actual terrorism So put away your bomb and just do some talking about it Microeconomics Travels of an Ordinary Man Australia uses real data is only as effective as theestions being posed but is still extremely interesting And enlighteningCar seats for kids No statistical difference in saving kids lives versus seat belts The seat belts are the real saviors So instea TABLE OF CONTENTS close to verbatimIntro In which the global financial meltdown is entirely ignored in favor of engaging topicsthe perils of walking drunkthe nlikely savior of Indian womendrowning in "Horse Manurewhat Is Freakonomicstoothless Sharks Bloodthirsty Elephantsthings You Always Thought "manurewhat is freakonomicstoothless sharks bloodthirsty elephantsthings you always thought 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 se. 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 hidden side of everything with such estions 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. ,
Those renegade cold blooded micro economists are back for fun filled worldly observations and scathing attacks on the status Everything a Band-Aid Can't Fix: A Teen's Guide to Healing and Dealing with Life 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 cool here 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 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 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 how economics has 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 have been just as interesting and their field Instead they take itpon themselves to select a handful of geniuses who have found simple solutions to a complex problem Entertaining Yes Funny Yes Interesting Often Legitimate Hell no I liked this book than I expected I would like it and liked it than their previous effort but 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 fieldsI had some real problems with some of the contents of this book or rather not the contents so much as the Historys Strongest Disciple Kenichi Vol 1 underlying philosophy There is a lack of consistency of thought behind this one that isite 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 All Things Consoled 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 istterly 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 examples illustrate that idea and when their 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 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 nderstand incredibly complex systems this method of fiddling has the advantage that in holding all other things eual we get an idea of what the particular knob we are fiddling with effects When You Turn It you turn it 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 test how they will behave that do hold some of the other variables pretty constant Some of those experiments say incredibly fascinating things about what it is to be human But don t ever 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 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 *stars As you see I don t 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 or even properly masticated The whole thing is a bit of a mess really saved only by the inherent "digested or even properly masticated The whole thing is a bit of a mess really saved only by the inherent 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 nintended conseuences but if you want to Cracked (Soul Eaters, understand this example 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 innpredictable ways to simple interventions There may be consistent patterns that we can Party Politics in America understand but overall you are better 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 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 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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 toughestions but the nexpected ones What's dangerous driving drunk or walking drunk Why is chemother.
X trade in old time ChicagoA like no otherThe erosion of prostitute Did Oral Sex "did oral sex so cheapPimps vs pimpact vs cops love pro Ugh pop culture trash masuerading as 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 p 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 by horse based transportation So you know don t worry everyone we re sure to 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 innov Incredible fast entertaining 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 entirely ignored in favor of engaging topicsThe perils of walking drunkThe nlikely savior of Indian womenDrowning in horse 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 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 easyThe trickle down effects 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 sed 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 and contains The Brand New Monty Python Papperbok unfortunate misrepresentations of climate science For a detailed critiue I d recommend Still there s no denying that convincing the public to recognize the need to curb CO2 emissions is an almost impossible task Also there s a laughable line about how Congressndid the repeal of the estate tax for 2010 Apparently the authors had a deadline to meet and tri. 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 has fallen so drastically By examining how people respond to incentives they show the world for what it really is – good bad gly and in the final analysis super freakyFreakonomics has been imitated many times over – but only now with SuperFreakonomics has it met its mat. .
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