Think Like A Freak

Think Like A Freak

The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain your Brain

Streaming 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. Then came SuperFreakonomics, a documentary film, an award-winning podcast, and more. 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 teach us all to think a bit more productively, more creatively, more rationally-to think, that is, like a Freak. Levitt and Dubner offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems, whether your interest lies in minor lifehacks or major global reforms. As always, no topic is off-limits. They 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. Some of the steps toward thinking like a Freak: First, put away your moral compass-because it's hard to see a problem clearly if you've already decided what to do about it. Learn to say "I don't know"-for until you can admit what you don't yet know, it's virtually impossible to learn what you need to. Think like a child-because you'll come up with better ideas and ask better questions. Take a master class in incentives-because for better or worse, incentives rule our world. Learn to persuade people who don't want to be persuaded-because being right is rarely enough to carry the day. Learn to appreciate the upside of quitting-because you can't solve tomorrow's problem if you aren't willing to abandon today's dud. 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. Also included, three bonus Freakonomics podcasts: Should Tipping Be Banned?, Women Are Not Men, and Save Me From Myself.
Publisher: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers : Made available through hoopla, 2014.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780062218384
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (7hr., 05 min.)) : digital.
Additional Contributors: Dubner, Stephen J.
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Restrictions on Access: Digital content provided by hoopla.


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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.

Oct 21, 2015

Spectacular book on how to think and live your life.

May 06, 2015

The authors warn that if you follow their advice, expect to be unpopular or even ostracized by other people. Their premise is that most people don't trust the data when making decisions. Instead, their internal beliefs and/or moral compasses more strongly determine their decisions. As in their previous two books, Dubner and Levitt use startling examples to illustrate their points. You can even participate in their online poll to determine big decisions in your life with the toss of a coin. Interesting, provocative reading!

Feb 01, 2015

enjoyed this for the ways problems need to be approached. Stretches our thinking

Nov 12, 2014

Listening to this book was entertaining and easy to listen to because it's a collection of true stories which try to convince you to look at problems differently in order to solve them.

Oct 25, 2014

Loved it!! And found it useful.

Aug 30, 2014

As with their previous books, Freakonomics, and Superfreakonomics, the authors proceed to relate several interesting stories to illustrate key lessons on how to look at problems in a fresh light. The attempt in this book draw general lessons that the reader can apply to problems in their life. The basic issue with the premise is that when they analyze a problem, the solution in hindsight looks obvious. But solutions to problems in our own life by nature are not obvious.

denniszen Aug 21, 2014

For some reason I could not find a way to download this.

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