I really only get something out of reading them if I'm feeling lost unsure about what I'm doing because they kind of help me ground myself or become motivated again. I feel that this gives the book a more coherent flow. The reasons were: Protestants worked more hours per week, Protestants were more likely to be self employed, and more Protestant women worked than Catholic women. With their trademark blend of storytelling and unconventional analysis, the authors include mini case histories of people whose major discoveries were initially ridiculed. This disruptive dis-incentive was strongest for the real mother — who revealed herself by giving the baby to the other woman. This is a copy of my review from Barron's: The new lessons from the Freakonomics guys are compelling, but deeply flawed.
Easy and fun to read. Sure, it could be summarized into a single poster with some bullet points, but the narrative anecdotes give concrete reality to the tips. The conventional wisdom is often wrong. Brian Mullaney, founder of Smile Train fixing cleft lip at the time of birth in developing countries , gave an option to donors that if they make one donation, they can opt for never being asked again for another donation. When two things travel together, it is tempting to assume that one causes the other.
Inside this Instaread Summary of Think Like a Freak Overview of the Book Important People Key Takeaways Analysis of Key Takeaways About the Author With Instaread, you can get the key takeaways, summary and analysis of a book in 15 minutes. He figured out these techniques by repeated experimentation and feedback by video taping his sessions. With chapters as diverse as The Three Hardest Words in the English Language, How to Think Like a Child and Like Giving Candy to a Baby, they bring more stories and anecdotes that demonstrate just how lateral thinking can bring a fresh perspective on a problem, and that sometimes the uncomplicated answer is the correct one. . Maybe the authors should take their own advice and call it a day. Never before have such iconoclastic thinkers been so revealing—and so much fun to read.
And a blithe acceptance of it can lead to sloppy, wasteful, Q: Incentives are the cornerstone of modern life. Summary of Think Like a Freak by Steven D. Main Author: Other Authors: Format: Audio Language: English Published: Harper Audio, 2014 Edition: Unabridged. A few stories thrown in about how stupid people who try to predict the future are. 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. Thanks to William Morrow and HarperCollins for sending me this book to review.
You may be surprised by how receptive people are to your confession, especially when you come through with the real answer a day or a week later. Their arguments are lucid, catchy, and sometimes dubious; their brief for the efficacy of medieval trial-by-ordeal is no more convincing than their hackneyed attack on Britain's national health system. Zappos converted a financial relationship to a quasi-friendly relationship with its customers by having 24×7 customer service, posting the phone number on every page of the site and providing unusually good customer service. The authors, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, first explain that thinking like a freak involves understanding what incentives motivate people. That all the Big Problems of the world are too tough to solve for ordinary people like us and that we should nibble at the edges. They made a website that asks people to flip a coin on whether or not to make a major decision then report how happy they were at a future date.
This book does nothing to cure my sickness: footnote-itis. Space constraints limited what I was able to write. Very few people go back and point out incorrect predictions, and the upsides are high since the predictor will be celebrated if the prediction is correct. While the content of this book doesn't differ too much from earlier ones, I still found it deeply insightful and useful. This was precisely what Takeru Kobayashi famously did to not just beat, but double from 25 to 50 the world record for 12 minute competitive hot dog eating in Coney Island. Then there are other kinds of possible shame, meted out to these players in front of other team members, for not serving the interests of the team.
When was the last time you sat for an hour of pure, unadulterated thinking?. Ferris, Goodwin College Copyright American Library Association, used with permission. I listened to the audiobook and couldn't get excited. Their conclusions came to the fact that there is an upside to quitting something. And understanding them—or, often, deciphering them—is the key to understanding a problem, and how it might be solved. The last chapter of the book discusses when it is advisable to quit whatever is it you have been doing for too long.
Throughout the work, the authors try to take away the guilt and shame of what is traditionally considered failure so that the walking away is made easier. Q: Incentives are the cornerstone of modern life. Summary of Think Like a Freak by Steven D. This is why understanding what incentives people are truly interested in is so important. The absurdly talented George Bernard Shaw—a world-class writer and a founder of the London School of Economics—noted this thought deficit many years ago. Levitt and Dubner offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems, whether your interest lies in minor lifehacks or major global reforms. This didn't bother me at all as I enjoyed reading them now more than listening to them the first time.
The barriers that prevent us from making a clean decision, one that is not wrought with the herd-mentality way of thinking, have all been discovered and exposed by the authors. Never before have such iconoclastic thinkers been so revealing--and so much fun to read. In typical whimsical style, they extended their previous ideas into the realm of practical suggestions. If you believe Levitt and Dubner, these wine drinkers are making a mistake to pay more for the so-called higher quality wine. And a blithe acceptance of it can lead to sloppy, wasteful, or even dangerous outcomes.
Pretty interesting stuff as well. If you like reading business , you may reading the sensation that was Freakonomics. Except, for complicated problems, the root cause is usually more complicated. An entertaining read - or listen to be exact. If indeed the freakish duo decides to call it quits, it would be a pity that this was added to their otherwise magnificent legacy.