Think Like A Freak

Think Like A Freak

The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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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.
Publisher: New York : Harper Audio, 2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780062218384
Characteristics: digital
Additional Contributors: Dubner, Stephen J.
Notes: Unabridged


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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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