Think Like A Freak

Think Like A Freak

The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain your Brain

Book - 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.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., ♭2014
Edition: First Canadian edition
ISBN: 9781443416511
Branch Call Number: 153.43 LEV 2014
Characteristics: xiii, 268 pages : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Dubner, Stephen J.

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1aa
Jul 21, 2016

Entertaining to listen to, but not very edifying nor especially helpful either (get ALL the information, consider the incentives of each person involved, delay decisions somewhat, etc.).

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Revacard
Jun 29, 2016

I've listened to all the Freakanomic podcasts, so I found most of this stuff mentioned in this book mentioned in their podcast. But if you aren't a loyal listener to the podcast, I'd recommend reading it. It's still good, just personally it felt regurgitated.

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baruch5361
Dec 29, 2015

A great read would recommend for any one.

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rtc1945
Oct 21, 2015

Spectacular book on how to think and live your life.

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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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TheresaAJ
May 06, 2015

The authors warn that if you follow their advice, expect to be unpopular or even ostracized by other people. Their premise is that most people don't trust the data when making decisions. Instead, their internal beliefs and/or moral compasses more strongly determine their decisions. As in their previous two books, Dubner and Levitt use startling examples to illustrate their points. You can even participate in their online poll to determine big decisions in your life with the toss of a coin. Interesting, provocative reading!

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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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