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Most Helpful Favorable Review

40 out of 41 people found this review helpful.

Fun, like the first

Levitt and Dubner's new book provides insight and thought that basically leaps from where Freakonomics stopped. I love that they take the "truths" that the world hold as self evident and test them. From the radio interviews I have heard it is obvious that some people be...
Levitt and Dubner's new book provides insight and thought that basically leaps from where Freakonomics stopped. I love that they take the "truths" that the world hold as self evident and test them. From the radio interviews I have heard it is obvious that some people believe that some things shouldn't be considered. I was floored when their analysis showed that walking drunk was significantly more dangerous than driving drunk. They, of course, are not recommending that we drive drunk (are you stupid, or what?) but that we be more mindful of our decisions. If you can have fun with the intellectual exploration, even if you don't always agree with their conclusions, you'll love this book. Another one I enjoyed recently that I strongly recommend if you're interested in personal development is "Emotional Intelligence 2.0"

posted by Patrick_Newman on October 24, 2009

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14 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

Too many obvious mistakes and too much second-hand material

While people have commented at length (negatively) on the global cooling chapter, no one has pointed out the obvious mistakes in the drunk-walking chapter. Namely, there is "adverse selection" in that drunk-walkers are usually more drunk than drunk drivers. How do you...
While people have commented at length (negatively) on the global cooling chapter, no one has pointed out the obvious mistakes in the drunk-walking chapter. Namely, there is "adverse selection" in that drunk-walkers are usually more drunk than drunk drivers. How do you know this? Who has ever said: "I am too drunk to walk. I think I'll drive" ? Given the obvious error there that a layperson like me can spot (and I also think there is a per-hour and per-mile mistake), and the well-documented errors (including refutation by the sources quoted at length) in the global-cooling chapter, I would both recommend against buying this book and recommend that the authors remove it from the shelves and try again, so as not to destroy the wonderful brand image they created with the first.

I would recommend reading the review in the Guardian to learn how such a bad sequel is almost inevitable after such a promising first effort (Blair Witch Project, anyone?). had I read that, I wouldn't have bought the book.

Howeever, in the lemons-into-lemonade department, I am a teacher and might make unauthorized copies (I feel like I got ripped off buying the book, so all's fair) of both those chapters and give them to my students to hone their critical-thinking skills and get them to comment on why the analysis might be wrong, and how to challenge it, rather than to automatically accept like so many of my students do, that it is in a book by experts with data, so it must be right.

posted by CriticalThinkerMD on October 24, 2009

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  • Posted October 30, 2011

    Absolutely Great!

    Super Freak was uniquely funny as well as genuinely interesting. For those who have read/enjoyed the original, this feels like going back to a comfortable friend. Dubner and Levitt have scoured the records for interesting data, and their thorough research is evident in every chapter. Truly an enjoyable and "smart" read! If you have not read Freakonomics, read it before this one, as it will help you understand the "inside jokes" the authors present at the beginning. An easy book to get into even if economics is not your forte!

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Unique and enlightening

    Not for everyone because it is a very pragmatic unemotional view of a variety of topics that evoke emotional reactions in many people. Plausible even brilliant analysis of why people choose some occupations and how they look at problem solving. Must read for anyone interested in environmental change, really unique ideas for solutions from some very creative minds the authors are familiar with. Highly entertaining to read the logic behind all the situations they examine.

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  • Posted February 26, 2010

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    Just as good!

    The authors of Freakonomics have found the economics in the unusual yet again. This follow up is just as funny, interesting, and informative as the last. As an economist I am constantly trying to inform others that economics is not a boring, number punching, geeky subject of study. I can recommend these books to them as proof of how fun economics really can be!

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  • Posted February 23, 2010

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    Loved Freakonomics - Love SuperFreakonomics as Much!

    I read Freakonomics when it first came out as a college student majoring in Economics - I thought it would be so topical and, it was to an extent but it was way more enlightening as to how I could use the skill set I was learning in life. I had to grab SuperFreakonimics as soon as it was released but, due to life, it took me ages to have time to read it. Once I started I could not stop - it was as addictive as the first book. I now will think twice about my doctors hands when he walks in the room and I think I now know more about Capucian monkeys than I needed to but I could not stop laughing. This book is great for anyone interested in human nature - it is not just for economists.

    I really found this book to be as thought provoking and topical as the first which really suprosed me. I did not expect them to be able to find more unusual but socially relevant topics to fill an entire second book. I really hope there is a third!

    If you are at all interested in WHY people do things and WHAT guides our thoughts and behaviors, this is the book for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2010

    SuperFreakonomics = SuperReading

    Worth the time! Good Read.

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    Posted January 12, 2010

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    I haven't read the book yet - there's just so many out there I want to devour. I'm a total Conservatist!

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  • Posted January 5, 2010

    Must read!

    Filled with information and common sense. Extremely thought provoking and should be read before making snap decisions.

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