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Think Like A Freak

by Stephen J Dubner, Steven D Levitt

HarperCollins | May 13, 2014 | Hardcover

Think Like A Freak is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.

The creators of the Freakonomics phenomenon unveil essential tools that will allow you to "think like a freak" and see the world more unconventionally and, ultimately, more clearly

In their smash #1 international bestsellerFreakonomics, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner showed the world that applying counter-intuitive approaches to everyday problems can bear surprising results.

In this dynamic, essential book, they turn your brain inside-out,teaching you how to think like a freak. Levitt and Dubner analyze the decisions we make, the plans we create and the morals we choose, and they show how their insights can be applied to daily life to make smarter, harder and better decisions.

Filled with illustrations and numerous short chapters, each functioning as a stand-alone entry into their "tool kit" for living and thinking like a freak, Levitt and Dubner offer entertaining and practical insights,from "The Upside of Quitting" to "How to Succeed-With No Talent."

A must-have handbook for decision-making,Think Like a Freakwillradically transform the way you look at every aspect of your life.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.5 × 6 × 1 in

Published: May 13, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443416517

ISBN - 13: 9781443416511

Found in: Business and Finance

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly clever and informative. This book is cleverly written with surprising facts that make you rethink your thought process and the way you ought to see the world in order to live a better and wiser life. I could not stop reading after the first chapter and by the end of the book I found myself thirsty for more wisdom from these incredible authors.
Date published: 2014-07-01

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Think Like A Freak

Think Like A Freak

by Stephen J Dubner, Steven D Levitt

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.5 × 6 × 1 in

Published: May 13, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443416517

ISBN - 13: 9781443416511

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Just as a warm and moist environment is conducive to the spread of deadly bacteria, the worlds of politics and business especially— with their long time frames, complex outcomes, and murky cause and effect— are conducive to the spread of half-cocked guesses posing as fact. And here’s why: the people making these wild guesses can usually get away with it! By the time things have played out and everyone has realized they didn’t know what they were talking about, the bluffers are long gone. If the consequences of pretending to know can be so damaging, why do people keep doing it? That’s easy: in most cases, the cost of saying "I don’t know" is higher than the cost of being wrong— at least for the individual.Think back to the soccer player who was about to take a life- changing penalty kick. Aiming toward the center has a better chance of success, but aiming toward a corner is less risky to his own reputation. So that’s where he shoots. Every time we pretend to know something, we are doing the same: protecting our own reputation rather than promoting the collective good. None of us want to look stupid, or at least overmatched, by admitting we don’t know an answer. The incentives to fake it are simply too strong. Incentives can also explain why so many people are willing to predict the future. A huge payoff awaits anyone who makes a big and bold prediction that happens to come true. If you say the stock market will triple within twelve months and it actually does, you will be cele
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The creators of the Freakonomics phenomenon unveil essential tools that will allow you to "think like a freak" and see the world more unconventionally and, ultimately, more clearly

In their smash #1 international bestsellerFreakonomics, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner showed the world that applying counter-intuitive approaches to everyday problems can bear surprising results.

In this dynamic, essential book, they turn your brain inside-out,teaching you how to think like a freak. Levitt and Dubner analyze the decisions we make, the plans we create and the morals we choose, and they show how their insights can be applied to daily life to make smarter, harder and better decisions.

Filled with illustrations and numerous short chapters, each functioning as a stand-alone entry into their "tool kit" for living and thinking like a freak, Levitt and Dubner offer entertaining and practical insights,from "The Upside of Quitting" to "How to Succeed-With No Talent."

A must-have handbook for decision-making,Think Like a Freakwillradically transform the way you look at every aspect of your life.

About the Author

STEVEN D. LEVITT is a professor of economics at the University of Chicago and an editor of theJournal of Political Economy. In January 2004, he was awarded the John Bates Clark medal-for the economist under 40 who made the greatest contribution to the discipline-by the American Economic Association.

STEPHEN J. DUBNER is the author ofConfessions of a Hero WorshiperandTurbulent Soulsand is a former writer and editor at theNew York Times Magazine, for which in 2003 he wrote the cover story about Steven Levitt that launchedFreakonomics. He lives in New York City with his family.

WEB:freakonomics.com

Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR FREAKONOMICS:

"Genius. . . . Has you gasping in amazement." -WALL STREET JOURNAL

"Prepare to be dazzled." -MALCOLM GLADWELL, AUTHOR OF OUTLIERS