Think Like A Freak

Think Like A Freak

Book - 2014
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"In their previous book, Freakonomics, Levitt and Dubner showed that applying counter-intuitive approaches to everyday problems can bear surprising results. Now, they turn your brain inside-out, teaching you how to think like a freak. The authors analyze the decisions we make, the plans we create and the morals we choose, and they show how their insights can be applied to daily life to make smarter, harder and better decisions -- their 'tool kit' for living and thinking like a freak. Entertaining and practical insights, from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining your brain. A handbook for decision-making"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2014.
Edition: First Canadian edition.
ISBN: 9781443416511
Characteristics: xiii, 268 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Dubner, Stephen J.


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Jul 10, 2019

Good book for some light reading. Concepts can be a little repetitive but that's kind of the point of the books. Definitely interesting for anyone interested in the why of random things, although the prequels are definitely better.

Jun 25, 2019

Very good quick read on how to change your look at the world.

Aug 22, 2017

If your goal is to become an unemployed bs artist then reading this book will help you.

Jul 21, 2016

Entertaining to listen to, but not very edifying nor especially helpful either (get ALL the information, consider the incentives of each person involved, delay decisions somewhat, etc.).

Jun 29, 2016

I've listened to all the Freakanomic podcasts, so I found most of this stuff mentioned in this book mentioned in their podcast. But if you aren't a loyal listener to the podcast, I'd recommend reading it. It's still good, just personally it felt regurgitated.

Jan 27, 2016

Very interesting. Makes me want to read their other books. I gained some new insight into persuasion and creative thinking.

baruch5361 Dec 29, 2015

A great read would recommend for any one.

Oct 21, 2015

Spectacular book on how to think and live your life.

Sep 15, 2015

I love Steven and Stephen. I was blown away a few years ago by Freakonomics and now I tore through this book, Think Like a Freak, in just two nights. Along the way I was reminded that I somehow missed SuperFreakonomics. (Now added to my to-read list.) The process of thinking like a freak starts with a fundamentally simple underlying principle, a classic tenet of science: Look at the data without bias and draw your conclusions accordingly. The key here is "without bias." That problem alone could account for the deficit of useful scientific discourse in the world today. On the flip side, as any Freak will tell you, bias sells so that's a powerful incentive to overcome. With the above foundation in place Steven and Stephen next go looking for hidden causalities that may be undergirding everyday phenomenon. Here I'm reminded of H. L. Mencken, "For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong." In the economic arena of cause and effect it's easy to think the root of a problem is one thing when it might be something else entirely. Or maybe there are entrenched incentives blocking an obvious solution. Sometimes the truth is hidden; sometimes our biases cause us to want to not see the truth. This book provides plenty of real-world examples to explore these ideas. To Think Like a Freak is to not only think outside of the box, but to think outside of our own preconceived notions.

francis_e Sep 14, 2015

A surprisingly boring book coming from an author I had very high expectations from. This book is a shinning example of knowing to quit while you are ahead. Very few original insights are given and the author essentially spends the entire book re-hashing famous points he made in the past while weaving in cliched sayings that could be picked from your grandmothers favourite Ann Landers column.

If you must read I would definitely check out from the library, not worth the 15$ purchase.

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