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More Sex is Safer Sex: The Unconventional Wisdom of Economics by [Landsburg, Steven E.]
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"Long before the 'pop economists' there was Steven Landsburg, writing funny, jargon-free, shocking, and true essays on our material circumstances. But Landsburg knows something that other authors of bestsellers on the subject don't. He knows everything. Economics is not the study of money; it's the study of value. Everything is determined by our values. The science of everything is what economics is. And here, in "More Sex", what the reader will find is -- everything." -- P. J. O'Rourke

"Steve Landsburg proves once again that he is better than anyone else at making economics interesting to noneconomists. Landsburg is provocative and playful in his mission to demonstrate how an understanding of economics will change the way you live your daily life. I loved this book." -- Steven D. Levitt, coauthor of "Freakonomics"

"Steve Landsburg is one of my favorite economics writers, and his new book is no exception. While I don't always agree with him, he usually gets me thinking, and he always entertains." -- Greg Mankiw, former Chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers and author of "Principles of Economics"

About the Author

Steven E. Landsburg is a Professor of Economics at the University of Rochester. He is the author of The Armchair Economist, Fair Play, More Sex is Safer Sex, The Big Questions, two textbooks in economics, a forthcoming textbook on general relativity and cosmology, and over 30 journal articles in mathematics, economics and philosophy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1847395260
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9GJO
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
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On reading this book I was simply stunned to see any negative reviews. And then when I read the reviews and saw their fallacies... such as that a certain way of thinking was shared by Adolf Eichmann (hint, hint) therefore it could not have been correct. Really!? That is the fallacy of association. & no one who is capable of rational thinking should be swung by such an illogical swipe. And moreover it does not in any way take from any argument which is otherwise logically argued. As all Landsburg's arguments were. But back to my explanation as to why it is a fallacy to take such a swipe. Thus for instance: Just because Idi Amin might have thought that The Times was the best English newspaper doesn't take from the fact that he was most probably still right - despite who he was and what he did.

That being said, this book is full of the most brilliant and logically thought out arguments. Landsburg develops his thesis that all humans are driven by benefits and incentives with gusto and sheer brilliance. For instance he argues that jurors would deliver far better justice if they were in possession of all the facts including hearsay, and justice would better be served if jurors were really made to pay the consequence of any acquittals or damning judgements - if they were later proved to be wrong. Currently, jurors fail to get it right too many times as there simply is not enough incentive for them to get it right. In the present system, whether jurors are right or wrong ultimately matters not to them. And Landsburg argues why this is a flawed system, open to injustices, which could be improved by making jurors more responsible for their decisions. That makes perfect sense!
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Following on from 'the armchair economist' Steven Landsburg has released this book. It's in a similar vein to 'Freakonomics' and the 'Undercover Economist' so if you enjoyed those you'll probably like this (but I'm sure Amazon has probably already worked that out and told you). Landsburg tends to more closely focus on what could be termed 'traditional economics' supply demand etc than Freakonomics, but he takes the same counterintuitive lines of argument which have you gripped by the frustration of being certain his conclusion should be wrong but knowing that his logic is right. There are occasional lapses where you see an underlying falacy poking through but they didn't detract from my overall enjoyment of the book. After all, thinking that some of the arguments are disprovable and trying to do so is probably half the fun. Would recommend to any Economics students or armchair economists as proof that there is indeed more to the dismal science than meets the eye.
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Book in a paragrpah "Think whatever you would normally think and then just reverse it. Then repeat. On and on and on for various topics, without spending any amount of time on ALL of the relevant information to draw valid conclusions", despite the author advising readers that this is what counts in any decision.

Eg, in calculating whether sexual history is relevant in rape cases, the author could have factored in the fact that only a small percent actually get to court, and that this amount of relevant information massively outweighs the small amount of relevant information from a person's history, if we're going to draw conclusions about individual cases from statistics and encourage behaviour and decisions accordingly.

Loved freakonomics, and would recommend you read that instead, or anything by Malcolm Gladwell - more thought provoking, rigorous and generally entertaining than this boring monotony of repeated half-investigated statements.
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This book is proof that economists don't inhabit the same planet as the rest of us. Economists start from the premise that humans are rational beings, weighing up costs and benefits before making a decision about "resources". The rest of us know that human beings are irrational creatures, driven by prejudices, fears, ideologies, group pressures, and so on.

Whilst the subjects discussed in the book could be thought-provoking, the thought is more often along the lines of "that's a bit of a leap of logic" or "you've omitted an equally valid conclusion".

The example that leads to the title is a prime example of the failure to think a little more carefully. In essence, the idea is that if an uninfected guy goes out and picks up an uninfected woman, she will be saved from a one night stand with an infected partner and thus the spread of AIDS is reduced; whereas if he stays home, she will end up with the infected guy and spread the disease. There is no mention of the odds she'll become infected, no mention of what happens when the virtuous cycle is broken (a massive *increase* in infection rates); just a rather simplistic approach to the problem.

Another example: he postulates two groups, one a religious group that adamantly opposes porn, and the second a porn-loving group that wants to abolish religion. His view is that by abolishing both porn and religion, everybody becomes happier because the object of their ire has been removed. Unfortunately, the opposite (never mentioned) is the more likely outcome: everybody is now unhappy. Why? Because people put more weight on issues that affect them personally than on those that affect others.
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