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Book Review: Freakonomics

Posted by jaystile on November 19, 2008

Freakonomics was freaking awesome! Numbers don’t lie. The people who use numbers lie.

I can’t say enough about how awesome this book was for me. I love when conventional wisdom is shown to be false by using data. Picking apart other peoples arguments (while they struggle to hold onto their opinion) is a good time to be had by all. I’m going to list the chapter names because they are fun in and of themselves.

1. What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common?
2. How is the Ku Klux Klan like a group of Real-Estate agents?
3. Why do drug dealers still live with their moms?
4. Where have all the criminals gone?
5. What makes a perfect parent?
6. Perfect Parenting, Part II; or: Would a Roshanda by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?

(And now the quick answers)
1. They both cheat.
2. They both use fear as a motivator instead of action
3. Most drug dealers like most athletes will NOT make it to the upper ranks to make ‘lots’ of money. (100K/yr?) So, they get paid $3.30/hour. By the way the education/economics barrier between blacks and whites was almost gone. But then came crack cocaine.
4. Roe v. Wade increased the number of abortions of children that were most likely to become criminals.
5. Nothing. A child has an almost predetermined future before they are even conceived based on the family.
6. Names are not important. Like the last answer, a child’s future is almost predetermined before they are conceived. If you are born into a poor uneducated family you are more likely to end up with a name like Roshanda, Brittany, or Billy Bob. But your name does not determine your future.

Seriously… this book was cool.

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2 Responses to “Book Review: Freakonomics”

  1. […] being in the back seat with a seatbelt on? (see Freakonomics for most statistics on child safety (Here is my Review) ) Again, choosing freedom means choosing responsibility: it is important to put your infant and […]

  2. […] I only have this to say, “I LOVE FREAKONOMICS!” The process of bringing economic research techniques to areas other than finance produce interesting results. If you’ve never read this type of book, you will be pleasantly surprised. Freakonomics investigates human behavior and try and unravel the reasons why people behave the way they do. They break down the behavior and find the incentives. I’m not going to go on too much, but I love it when people break down the conventional wisdom. While most people I’ve chatted with ranked SuperFreakonomics higher than Freakonomics, I would disagree. You can read my review on Freakonomics here. […]

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