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The first chapter, entitled What Does It Mean to Think like a Freak?, explains the premise of the book. It gives examples including penalty kick tactics and concludes with the authors recounting a meeting with David Cameron before he became prime minister of the United Kingdom.

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The third chapter explains the importance of asking the correct questions to gain knowledge on a situation. By asking the wrong questions, it is unlikely to get the answer one is seeking to a problem. The main example in this chapter discusses Takeru Kobayashi's experiences in competitive eating, specifically how he redefined the approach to hot dog eating contests.

The fifth chapter explores the concept of "thinking like a child," or looking at the smaller things and not fearing the obvious. This chapter addresses how viewing the world with a simpler lens is almost always frowned upon and how smaller questions are often left unexplored because they are deemed too obvious or mediocre. Levitt and Dubner also remind the reader the importance of having fun in what we do, especially in work environments. A prominent example in this chapter is why people partake in the lottery and gambling for fun, even though it is often not profitable.

The title of their new book, the third in the series, is evidence of the falling off. Gone is the economics part of the equation. Now it's simply about thinking like a Freak. But without the hardcore economics, thinking like a Freak just means being willing to think outside the box, and there are plenty of people doing that already. Too much of this book is taken up with routine problem-solving advice and over-familiar stories repackaged by Dubner as though they were revelations.

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Read on to find out how you can "think like a freak." Along the way, you'll learn the genius of competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi and why Van Halen demanded that their dressing rooms be stocked with every color of M&Ms except brown.

This self-righteousness can make discussions on topics like fracking, gun control, and global warming emotional yelling matches rather than reasoned discussions. The key to being more reasonable is by occasionally setting aside your values and worldview, the authors say.

He says that many times an adult spends the entire trick trying to outsmart the magician, and then is shocked when he is fooled by a simple sleight-of-hand technique, thinking himself the victim of hypnosis or something else far-fetched. Meanwhile, a kid along for the ride may simply notice that the magician grabbed two cards when pretending to just have one.

Say you're an advocate of self-driving cars and think they will change humanity. Your opponent is afraid of this largely untested technology. You'd benefit from admitting that yes, accidents will still probably happen, and people who make a living from driving will lose their jobs. If your opponent asks what you would think if a malfunctioning or even hacked car were to plow into a playground and kill young children, you could admit that indeed, this would be terrible.

Consider the abysmal savings rate in the U.S. of 4%. It pales in comparison to the $60 billion a year Americans spend on lottery tickets. Why? Because the lottery is fun. But a new type of savings account, the prize-linked savings (PLS) account pools a fraction of a percentage of savings to create a lottery that gets paid out to randomly chosen savers just like the lottery.

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Moving from description to prescription, the Freakonomics duo economist Steven Levitt and journalist Stephen J. Dubner, offer a self-help book for professionals in innovation, business and marketing on how to think, persuade and incentivise people.

By thinking like a kid, we can ask small questions and tackle big problems a chunk at a time. We should also give serious thought to obvious answers, avoid dogma, be genuinely curious, and avoid over thinking issues.

Based on the beliefs in those days, it was likely that a guilty person would confess his guilt when faced with such an ordeal. If he chose not to do so, he would not only be imprisoned or fined but possibly spend his life in pain.

Steven D. Levitt, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago, was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal, given to the most influential American economist under forty. He is also a founder of The Greatest Good, which applies Freakonomics-style thinking to business and philanthropy.

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 email 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.

My next favorite chapter was about thinking like a child. Try to make things fun. I try to turn chores into games because I think I hate cleaning as much as my kids do. One of my favorite games I made up was Laundry Basketball. I turn on the washing machine and tell the kids to see how many shots they can make with their dirty clothes. My mom is convinced that in college they are going to round up their roommates and play Laundry Basketball with them.

Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner have built the Freaknomics brand by demonstrating the counterintuitive power of incentives in a variety of different circumstances. They wrote Think Like a Freak to help convey how to think in this economics-style matter.

The overall premise of the book is that there is rarely one right way to think. The complexity of the modern world requires that we think about problems and situations from very different angles, such as that of a child.

Recently the owner of Alt Media Studios, Steve DiFranco, purchased all of his staff members the book entitled Think like a Freak, written by the writers of the Freakonomics series Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner.

Quite honestly, reading this book gave me renewed motivation to pick up books and read from time to time. More importantly, though, it encouraged me to think outside the box and avoid herd mentality. Just because something is and has been done for ages, there may be valid reasons for reconsidering a process as there just might be a better way of doing things, saving you time and money (and stress). Although the "work smarter, not harder" idea was one of my personal takeaways from reading this book, it was by no means the only one.

Steve had explained when giving us the books that he enjoyed reading it not long ago and was something he and the development team here have adopted as a way of thinking when it comes to coming up with solutions for designing and developing a user experience for the websites they build for our customers. Many times our customers have an idea when it comes to the websites they envision having, but they do rely on us to resolve or come up with the best (and most economical) solution for a process that makes the most sense. This book has been helpful in this regard.

Using the examples of King Solomon and rock singer David Lee Roth to provide examples of game theory may have been cute, but it felt like the authors were reaching for the lowest common denominator. In fact, it seemed more like a chapter on the meta subject of How to Expand Your Potential Reading Audience. 041b061a72


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