Saturday, July 16, 2011
The book of the week was Super Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. Great book, however, there is surprisingly a lot of sex talk and descriptive words (They dove into the world of prostitution and it goes with the territory.) But point being, if you don't have a tolerance for somewhat uncomfortable language being used in books this isn't for you.
The book is really great though. Levitt and Dubner are very bright men and the information they can bring to light about somewhat controversial issues is really really interesting. Their goal is not to sway the reader one way or the other on any given issue, but to show the reader what research suggests about the issue and get people to start talking.
The book is a perfect cross between basic psychology and microeconomics. I honestly wish this or the first book they wrote, Freakonomics, was required reading for college... I probably would have learned way more.
The book is filled with very detailed information in every chapter, so I cannot give you a whole lot to go from today. But I can tell you about some of the things covered and you can decide whether it is enticing enough for you to go out and pick up the book for yourself!
-Why you want your ER doctor to be a nurse
-What accounts for the male-female wage gap
-Why 38 people watched Kitty Genovese get murdered
-What's up with car seat safety
-What climate models miss
-How to fix global warming and stop hurricanes (My personal favorite)
These and many other issues are tackled. And the knowledge will have you talking, I promise. It's overwhelming what the research shows in some of these areas.
I do recommend this book, again, while making sure you know that you most likely will be offended if you are offended easily. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask!