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Sensationalist without actually being supported by evidence,
This review is from: More Sex is Safer Sex: The Unconventional Wisdom of Economics (Paperback)
It seems the author here is trying too hard to provoke the ire of established convention...
This would work well if it was also well-reasoned and backed up by good evidence. I love a "turning the tables on established thought" story as well as anybody. There are some good examples of this in, say "The Undercover Economist" (by Tim Harford), and to be honest, I was hoping for more of the same in this book.
This one, however, just isn't quite as slick. There's a lot of speculation, and far less actual evidence backing it up.
Some of the reasoning is sloppy, simply speculating about what *could* be a potential cause... without any actual studies into whether this is even plausible. There are several points where he doesn't seem to stop to consider that actually the cause may be quite different to what he was thinking... but that doesn't seem to matter - he wants to try out his ideas to "fix" the world's problems regardless!
The author has a lot of theories on what he thinks would work well to "fix everything" (yes really), but my feeling is that much of his reasoning isn't actually carried far enough forward. It especially does not cover the potential side-effects of his "policies" - especially on those too poor to cope with the drastic changes he espouses (can I recommend the author read "Nickel and Dimed" by Barbara Ehrenreich ?)
While some of the book was mildly diverting (including his interesting reasoning as to why low-libido "safe" people should have more sex for the Good of the Human Race)... the bulk of the book left me feeling disappointed.
Conclusion: not worth it :(