Think Like A Freak by Steven LevittThink Like A Freak by Steven Levitt

Think Like A Freak

bySteven Levitt, Stephen Dubner

Hardcover | May 13, 2014

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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 bestseller Freakonomics, 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 Freak willradically transform the way you look at every aspect of your life.

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 ofCon...
Title:Think Like A FreakFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 1 inPublished:May 13, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443416517

ISBN - 13:9781443416511

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from super interesting! The information they give is awesome, and I loved reading this book. As a teen who used to think economics was boring, this book totally changed my perspective.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun & informative book on behavioral economics As a fan of the first two books in the series, I looked forward to this book. All the great elements are here - stories with surprising elements, research and counterintuitive insights. If you enjoyed the first two Freakonomics books, you will enjoy this one. A few of my insights from the book. There is great value with experimenting with different ways to frame a problem. The authors illustrate this point by examining how a Japanese man won multiple world records for eating a large number of hot dogs in a short period of time. His approach included asked new kinds of questions about the process: could output be increased by using water (yes, it could). Could output be increased by using different sequences of eating? And perhaps most important: can success be increased by treating the activity as a competitor sport and experimenting with different variables? All in all, the book was a fun read that does good work in giving fun and practical examples of ways to apply behavioural economics to everyday life.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worth the read I enjoyed this book and have used bits of it to help teach the idea of a 'thought experiments' to students. It is a great way to learn how to look at problems from different angles and not get stuck in the same rut as everyone else.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone Should Read This Book! Another great book by Levitt and Dubner! So refreshing and well-written that I finished it in two days. Our favourite economists show through various fascinating examples of the merits of thinking like a freak. Our sad predicament is that we are slaves to our own biases and that we need to think outside the box. Loved it. Looking forward to reading their latest book 'When to Rob a Bank'.
Date published: 2015-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! Awesome book by these guys yet again, outstanding effort. I hope the coin flips tails for your next project.
Date published: 2015-02-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The podcast was better If you follow the podcast, you won't find much new here. The previous two books were better. 3 stars.
Date published: 2014-11-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not their best work I was a big fan of Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics, but this book kind of left me flat. The thing I look for from Stephen+Steven is a bunch of interesting anecdotes, backed up by data. They do have a couple decent stories, but nothing like in their first books, and data in here is pretty scarce.
Date published: 2014-10-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's a fine book If you, like me, listen to the podcast, this book will seem horribly familiar. If you don't listen to the podcast, it has a bunch of fresh new ideas worth reading about!
Date published: 2014-07-13
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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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 celebrated for years (and paid well for future predictions). What happens if the market crashes instead? No worries. Your prediction will already be forgotten. Since almost no one has a strong incentive to keep track of everyone else’s bad predictions, it costs almost nothing to pretend you know what will happen in the future. In 2011, an elderly Christian radio preacher named Harold Camping made headlines around the world by predicting that the Rapture would occur on Saturday, May 21 of that year. The world would end, he warned, and seven billion people— everyone but the hard- core believers—would die.One of us has a young son who saw these headlines and got scared. His father reassured him that Camping’s prediction was baseless, but the boy was distraught. In the nights leading up to May 21, he cried himself to sleep; it was a miserable experience for all. And then Saturday dawned bright and clear, the world still in one piece. The boy, with the false bravado of a ten- year- old, declared he’d never been scared at all."Even so," his father said, "what do you think should happen to Harold Camping?""Oh, that’s easy," the boy said. "They should take him outside and shoot him."This punishment may seem extreme, but the sentiment is understandable. When bad predictions are unpunished, what incentive is there to stop making them?

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