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Think Like a Freak: Secrets of the Rogue Economist by [Levitt, Steven D., Dubner, Stephen J.]
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“Utterly captivating.” (Malcolm Gladwell, New York Times bestselling author of Blink, The Tipping Point, and David and Goliath)

“Over nine entertaining chapters [Levitt and Dubner] demonstrate how not to fall into hackneyed approaches to solving problems and concretely illustrate how to reframe questions.” (New York Daily News)

“Compelling and fun.” (New York Post)

“This book will change your life.” (Daily Express (London))

“Good ideas... expressed with panache.” (Financial Times)

“An interesting and thought-provoking read.” (The Horn)

“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.” (Bookreporter.com)

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From the rule-breaking authors of international bestsellers Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics, this is the ultimate guide to how to Think Like a Freak

The Freakonomics books have come to stand for something: challenging conventional wisdom; using data rather than emotion to answer questions; and learning to unravel the world's secret codes. Now Levitt and Dubner have gathered up what they have learned and turned it into a readable and practical toolkit for thinking differently - thinking, that is, like a Freak. Whether you are interested in the best way to improve your odds in penalty kicks, or in major global reforms, here is a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems.

Along the way, you'll learn how the techniques of a Japanese hot-dog-eating champion can help you, the reason an Australian doctor swallowed a batch of dangerous bacteria, why Nigerian e-mail scammers make a point of saying they're from Nigeria, and why Van Halen's demanding tour contract banning brown M&Ms was really a safety measure. You'll learn why sometimes it's best to put away your moral compass, and smarter to think like a child. You will be given a master class in incentives-because for better or worse, incentives rule our world. And you will learn to quit before you fail, because you can't solve tomorrow's problem if you aren't willing to abandon today's dud.

Levitt and Dubner 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.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1683 KB
  • Print Length: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (13 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GXSDYR4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
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By McMurphy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 October 2014
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Very good book. Explains real-life phenomenons through clever deductions and behavioural economics experiments. If you like this kind of stuff, also read Tim Harford's Undercover Economist and The Logic of Life.

Economics is such a fascinating subject - I wonder why it does not get as much importance as science in our school curriculum.
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Nice book. Inspires out-of-the-box thinking.
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Good book, quick delivery
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What is the correlation between a person’s name and their success? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? Is there a relationship between abortion and crime rates? Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner’s popular Freakonomics and Super Freakonomics are literary masterpieces, applying economic concepts to everyday life to reach amazing conclusions. The newest installment of the series, Think Like a Freak, is somewhat at par with the previous two if not better.

Designed to train readers in the art of asking Freakonomics-type questions, Think Like a Freak is essentially an instructional book. It offers critical suggestions on ways to analyze the world (by thinking like a child, as chapter five asserts) and even tells readers when they should give up (when opportunity costs outweigh sunk costs). While the idea of instructing readers is a great intention, it is poorly executed throughout the pages of this report. To truly get people to change their behavior or adopt a new habit or think in a new way, they must be inspired with stories, examples, and thorough analysis. Because Think Like a Freak does not adequately incorporate this style, it reads more like a boring to-do list than an inspirational exposé.

The book is written in a light-hearted tone with plenty of self-deprecating jokes. The authors share everything from their disastrous experience making people’s life-changing decisions with a coin toss to their disdain for Winston Churchill’s famous quote on never giving up. Humor is a small element of writing that makes a big difference, and this book was more enjoyable because of it...
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Unfortunate that authors of freakonomics have written a book with no substance. Over and above, its a very badly written book. There is nothing to gain from it. Dont buy it. I would have returned the book but I have read it !
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There is a breed of very interesting writers like Michael Lewis, Malcolm Gladwell, whose books combine high quality academic research, interesting stories and a very engaging style of writing. Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner are in the same league. Like their previous book, Freakonomics, "Thinking like a Freak" also falls in the same category.

One of the stories that I loved was on the discovery of the cause (and therefore a treatment) for ulcers. A young doctor is so intrigued to understand what causes ulcers that he even goes to the extend of swallowing a beaker full of bacteria and ends up getting ill. In the end, it was worth it as the doctor helped millions with a cure and won the noble prize in the process. Ultimately, his success is not about passion, but also the rigour and attitude.

The ancient Indian sages who have left behind the teachings of the Gita or the Upanishads would have agreed with the message of the authors. They in their own way Steven Levitt and his c-author are also saying the same thing, experience the truth (actually the word should be reality). Do not jump to conclusions. Observe and understand a problem. Look at it with the same open mindedness as that of a child. Co-relation does not imply a cause and effect relationship. Research various possibilities to zero on to the causes of the problem or the issue in hand. At the end of the day, this is about an attitude of how you approach life.

I absolutely enjoyed reading the book and recommend it.

PS....Also recommend the book to numerous Indian journalists and columnists......who conclude without data and proper research.
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Removing the traditional thinking and thinking with a fresh and smart perspective is the core of this book.

Lot of examples of how thinking like a freak benefited the individual and society at a large. So remove the fear and welcome yourself to the world of freaks.....

Yes the size of the book and font are not as per the standard paperback book. But none of these obstruct the reading in anyway so it doesn't matter at all. After all knowledge comes in different shapes and sizes :)
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One of those books which makes you think a little deeper. This will reconfirm some of the things that you would have observed in your work place and which would have been discussed in hushed tones in corridors. This book, in places, prods you to ask the uncomfortable questions and asks you to be ready to face the reactions that your questions will provoke :). Chapters on abandoning projects is a great one and it would do well for all corporate bosses to read this book
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