Friday, May 23, 2008

freakonomics

Which is more dangerous - a gun or a swimming pool?
What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common?
Why do drug dealers still live with their mums?
How much do parents really matter?



I was dubious at first, until I read the first chapter on how crime rates and abortion were related. I wouldn't say this book is brilliant (I'm very careful not to use that word to refer to everything sensible these days), but it is certainly insightful. There are paperback copies for only P299 at Fully Booked. For that price, the book is worth it.

5 Comments:

OpenID collapsingbarrycade said...

Heard about this book some few years back, but did not have the need to buy it. What's your net take away?

5:08 PM  
Blogger mussolini said...

barry> if by "net take away" you mean learnings from the book (and notthe total i paid for takeaway spicy chaofan from chowking, which is all i eat these days), then i would have to say i learned three things:

1. that things are never what they seem.
2. that we should have taken our statistics class (and that clairvoyant professor) more seriously, as apparently SPSS can explain the universe.
3. that i still don't know what net take away means.

1:44 PM  
Blogger {illyria} said...

i didn't expect your second bullet point. i wil look into this. btw, the intro sounds like umberto's to travel with a salmon.

1:08 PM  
OpenID collapsingbarrycade said...

you got it right: lessons. :) and your no. 2 surprised me. that professor, I saw last year in school and he remembers us--in a positive way :D

7:54 PM  
Blogger bismuth said...

that prof you are talking about? he's in the same company as i am. freaky. he remembers me too. he's got blonde hair now.

12:09 PM  

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