Superfreakonomics

Superfreakonomics

Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance

eBook - 2009
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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.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins e-books, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061959936
0061959936
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvii, 270 p.)
Additional Contributors: Dubner, Stephen J.
Alternative Title: Super freakonomics

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Asmaa_90
Oct 03, 2016

SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes And Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance book is an inaccurate racist, Islamophobia book filled with hatred towards Islam. Terrorism has nothing to do with religion, but politically propaganda agenda. Iraq was already invaded way before 911, in fact more than 5000, 000 children were killed in Iraq in 2000 by America. Without 2000 invasion, 911 would of not have happend, but we will never know the true death population because UN stopped counting casualty wars since 1996.

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Nymeria23
Dec 29, 2015

This book tackles many of the world’s interesting, complex, and/or ‘messy’ ideas and issues through economics. With the juxtapositions of seemingly unrelated topics (for example, ‘What do Al Gore and Mount Pinatubo Have in Common?’) and using a unique economic perspective that the authors title as ‘freakonomics’, there were many unexpected but entertaining points. I enjoyed this reading, and thought it was a good non-fiction book, being one of the few that can hold my attention.
Many good points were made, many issues were solved, and I learned that apparently monkeys can use money.

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sanitycheck
Dec 06, 2014

I liked the book - really entertaining. I was often laughed. You have to have some intellect, some knowledge of statistics and definitely scene of humor in order to enjoy it. The book definitely makes you to think out of box. If you are too serious about Freakonomics you should probably read “Economics For Dummies”.

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ManMachine
Jul 21, 2014

Blah-Blah-Blah and Babble-Babble-Babble.

Personally, I didn't take much stock in what authors Levitt & Dubner had to say in SuperFreakonomics. I think I'd be a fool if I did.

But, if you are indeed fascinated by reading about how much horse poo that NYC had to deal with in the early 1900s, or what percentage of Chicago's whores give cops free blowjobs to keep them quiet, or how the cancellation of TV's Leave It To Beaver in 1963 tied in with JFK's assassination, then, yes, perhaps you may actually find this hackneyed book a literal revelation of useless information.

Yes. There were some nice touches of humor used in this book's story-telling, but, on the whole, I found its authors tended to over-dramatize the trivial to the point of being downright ridiculous.

For example - An entire chapter (36 pages) was spent tediously discussing Chicago's hookers and literally trying to tie the sex-trade in with fluctuations in the real estate market. (Yes. The speculating was really that wide-sweeping!)

In a feeble attempt to add some much-needed weight to all of the frivolous nonsense discussed in this book, Levitt & Dubner finished off with a gruelling chapter devoted to finger-pointing and putting a large part of the blame for global warming on the incessant farting of cud-chewing animals.

Any way I looked at it - SuperFreakonomics did not come anywhere near to living up to all of its puzzling, over-rated praise.

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StarGladiator
Mar 15, 2014

I cannot understand all the positive comments for such a super-lightweight book: should be titled, Economics for Idiots Who Will Never Understand Economics! Not everybody responds to incentives, and psychos and sociopaths believe incentives entiretly different than the rest of us, and they usually tend to be the CEOs and upper management.

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jimg2000
May 14, 2013

More Freakonomics after the author's first book on the same in 2005. Nice in depth human behavioral analysis based on economic grounds that are not so obvious at first and second looks. None were freaky economics except the lab experiment on monkeys and coins at the end. Hope to read the third Freakernomics installment soon.

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rennlc
Jan 09, 2013

They preface this sequel by stating their hope that It will serve as a conversation starter. If you're interested in another series of quirky observations, this time including subjects like prostitution, geoengineering, and terrorist profiling, SuperFreakonomics will do just that.

Veepea Nov 22, 2012

Like the previous posters, I preferred Freakonomics. I don’t know if my taste has changed in the intervening years, but I found this book harder to get into, yet still informative and interesting. It makes me wonder how trustworthy studies and statistics are. I know that they are scientific, but how often do preconceived notions of what the conclusion should be skew the outcome?

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Drayjayeff
Jan 31, 2012

Levitt and Dubner's book contains lots of fascinating, appropriately freaky and thought-provoking information. I was put off, early on, by their coldly clinical take on topics such as street prostitution in Chicago. Treating a subject of this kind strictly as material for economic analysis may be useful, but it comes across as heartless. That said, I'm glad I kept on reading. Although the volume is oddly designed (very "busy" in places), the illustrations add to the experience as does the quirky, self-deprecating humor supplied by its authors. On the whole, an enjoyable read.

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dsander
Aug 02, 2011

This one was just OK, Not as good as the first freakonomics but still interesting.

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