Think Like a Freak CD: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain Audio CD – Audiobook, 12 May 2014
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"Good ideas... expressed with panache."--Financial Times
"An interesting and thought-provoking read."--The Horn
"Many wonderful moments. ... Utterly captivating."--Malcolm Gladwell, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Blink", "The Tipping Point", and "David and Goliath"
"Compelling and fun."--New York Post
"This book will change your life."--Daily Express (London)
"Their most revolutionary book yet. With their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, they take us inside their thought process and teach us all to think a bit more productively, more creatively, more rationally --- to think, that is, like a Freak."--Bookreporter.com
"Utterly captivating."--Malcolm Gladwell, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Blink," "The Tipping Point," and "David and Goliath"
"Over nine entertaining chapters [Levitt and Dubner] demonstrate how not to fall into hackneyed approaches to solving problems and concretely illustrate how to reframe questions."--New York Daily News
Utterly captivating. --Malcolm Gladwell, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Blink," "The Tipping Point," and "David and Goliath""
Over nine entertaining chapters [Levitt and Dubner] demonstrate how not to fall into hackneyed approaches to solving problems and concretely illustrate how to reframe questions. --New York Daily News"
Compelling and fun. --New York Post"
This book will change your life. --Daily Express (London)"
Good ideas... expressed with panache. --Financial Times"
An interesting and thought-provoking read. --The Horn"
Their most revolutionary book yet. With their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, they take us inside their thought process and teach us all to think a bit more productively, more creatively, more rationally --- to think, that is, like a Freak. --Bookreporter.com" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The New York Times bestselling Freakonomics changed the way we see the world, exposing the hidden side of just about everything.
Now, with Think Like a Freak, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have written their most revolutionary book yet. With their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, they take us inside their thought process and offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems. The topics range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining your brain. Along the way, you'll learn the secrets of a Japanese hot-dog-eating champion, the reason an Australian doctor swallowed a batch of dangerous bacteria, and why Nigerian e-mail scammers make a point of saying they're from Nigeria.
Levitt and Dubner plainly see the world like no one else. Now you can too. Never before have such iconoclastic thinkers been so revealing and so much fun to read." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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“The plural of anecdote is not data”, the authors remind us, and I suppose that the one criticism I would level at this book is that quite a lot of the characteristics of “Freak” thinkers are based on singular or occasional observations by the authors and their many collaborators/cited sources. While the earlier books focussed mainly on Professor Leavitt’s research into criminal and other rule breaking activities and referenced what were clearly large data sets, that seems to be less the case here. This is a book that is based as much on psychology as it is on economics and statistics, although there is a light sprinkling of economic concepts - sunk costs, opportunity costs, incentives to name just a few.
This book is a manual of sorts to help thinking about the way that the authors do. There is a slight feel of a self-help book, but with such laid back authors, there’s no feeling of being presented with an insurmountable challenge – the first bit of advice to help you “Think like a Freak” is to admit you don’t know, and the last is to quit if you want to – it might make you happier.Read more ›
If you pick this up cheap it's worth the hour or two it'll take you to read, but if you've not read Freakonomics that is the book to go for.
o Two women appealed to King Solomon, both claiming to be the mother of a newborn. Unable to decide, he ordered the child to be cut in half and divided equally. One woman embraced the idea. He knew immediately that the other woman who begged him to let the other have the child was in fact its mother.
o Rock star David Lee Roth of the Van Halen group has a 53-page list of technical and security requirements. One in the Munchies section specifies "M&Ms (WARNING: ABSOLUTELY NO BROWN ONES)." Immediately upon arrival, he checks the jar. "If he saw brown ones, he knew the promoter hadn't read the rider [to the otherwise standard contract) -- and that 'we had to do a serious line check to make sure that the most important details hadn't been botched either."
o So-called "Nigerian scammers" send millions of email messages each month to millions of people throughout the world. (It's called the "Nigerian scam" because more than half of the messages invoke Nigeria than all of the other emails combined.) I have received 3-5 each week in recent years. The "Beloved friend" message is always illiterate and ludicrous. Stupid, right? Not so fast. According to Levitt and Dubner, the Nigerian scammers know that almost everyone who receives a message will ignore it. But if only one in a hundred recipients provides the requested bank information....
"The ridiculous-sounding Nigerian emails seem to be quite good at getting the scammers' massive garden to weed itself.Read more ›
It's a very similar format - give us a story about somebody that looked at the world in a slightly different way to solve a long standing problem that others had tried and failed with (or perhaps not even thought about thinking about). This book makes a point of saying "look what they did there", but otherwise it's the same.
That being said, it's still an entertaining and enlightening read, and well worth the short amount of time it takes to get through. If you haven't read the other books though I'd suggest starting with them. They're perhaps a bit more substantial than this one.
The writing is clear and engaging and avoids off-putting professional jargon. The book is brief enough to attract a very casual reader with some interest in the subject. Recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The freak team have got a great little set. Absolutely hooked within a few pages. I wished it were only a little longer. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jamie W.
very interesting book; same framework as Freakonomics, very thought-provoking. The book is actually quite short as almost half of it is bibliography and notesPublished 2 months ago by daniroby
Sadly not a patch on the previous Freakonomics books - seemed to filled with a lot of padding and little substance and missing mutch of the humourPublished 4 months ago by JEC
I'm a big fan of both Freakanomics and Super Freakanomics (and their podcast!). Think like a Freak is another great addition by Dubner and Levitt and explores their reasoning... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kuhanesh Janardanan