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Super Freakonomics: Global Cooling,…
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Super Freakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide… (urspr publ 2009; utgåvan 2009)

av Steven D. Levitt

Serier: Freakonomics (2)

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Whether investigating a solution to global warming or explaining why the price of oral sex has fallen so drastically, Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling to show how people respond to incentives.
Medlem:JoeYee
Titel:Super Freakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance
Författare:Steven D. Levitt
Info:William Morrow (2009), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 288 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:****
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SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance av Steven D. Levitt (2009)

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Much like the first book "Freakonomics", this book covers a variety of topics from the difficulties of making comparisons of doctors in the emergency room to seat belts, and global warming to prostitution. The authors provide interesting perspectives and a different way to think about common topics. ( )
  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
Good read, but I felt like I had already heard nearly everything from the podcasts. ( )
  achmorrison | Jul 13, 2021 |
adult nonfiction (on audio): more interesting revelations from the team that produced Freakonomics. Not all of the logic is entirely clear (I don't really buy the argument about planting trees making the earth hotter because darker leaves=more heat absorption; if the plants are converting sunlight to food energy, how exactly is that worse than bouncing the heat around?) but still really interesting. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
I found the topics and the economics behind the topics hugely fascinating. As the chapters went on I found myself laughing at some of the findings and amazed at others. I know nothing about economics apart from what is covered in the popular media with regards the financial markets. This opened up a whole new world to me, one that I didn't even know existed.

As well as the topics being interesting I found the writing style very relaxed and pretty captivating. I would find myself reading a chunk of the book and then coming back to it 20 minutes later to read a bit more. I probably would have finished it in one day had it not been for the fact the I suffer from that most human of afflictions, needing sleep.

This would have been a 5 star book for me without doubt apart from 1 gripe which I have. That gripe lies with the chapter on global warming or as they detail it, global cooling. Although it was probably the most interesting of the chapters I couldn't help but feel that the authors had an angle. After reading books by Ben Goldacre I always read anything involving scientific research looking for flaw or angles. This is not because I am distrustful of science it's because of the prevalence of poor of twisted results.

The gushing way in which the authors discuss certain individuals involved in global warming research while dismissing others is something that just doesn't sit comfortably. I am sure they would claim that the data backs up their claims and they are looking at the issue with an economists eye instead of a human one. Perhaps if they had taken a less critical approach in the writing of this chapter it would have sat better with me. I just hope that their claims are correct, if so we have little to worry about from global warming.

The final chapter is the funniest and all I will say that reading about monkeys using money isn't something I thought would be covered in the book. What they use that money for is even more mind blowing. ( )
  Brian. | Jun 19, 2021 |
Not as amazing as the first one, but tackling more interesting problems. If you listen to the Freakanomics podcast, most of this will be familiar. ( )
  adamfortuna | May 28, 2021 |
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Levitt and co-author Stephen Dubner's new book "Super Freakonomics" is a follow-up to their super smash 2005 bestseller, "Freakonomics." Thank goodness they are back -- with wisdom, wit and, most of all, powerful economic insight.
 
If ever two writers were likely to suffer from "difficult second book" syndrome, it's Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, authors of the smash-hit Freakonomics, which made them the rock stars of the economics world.
 
The economist and the journalist again attack the concept of the rational man, via studies involving monkeys, banking records, and doctors. Yet there’s an artfulness missing this time around in their circuitous paths toward obvious conclusions like “technology isn’t always better” and “men and women are different.”
 
The difficulty with the book is that while the focus may be fairly fuzzy to begin with, it gets a lot fuzzier as it goes on. There’s a long passage about how people behave differently when they’re being scrutinised – thus making a nonsense of most behavioural experiments – and an even longer one about global warming.
 

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