*Think Like a Freak*

by on January 4, 2014 at 10:23 pm in Books, Economics | Permalink

That is the new forthcoming Levitt and Dubner book, due out May 13.

It is noted in this Guardian article, on which new books we can expect in 2014.

Steve Sailer January 4, 2014 at 11:11 pm

In the Airport Book category, I always found Levitt and Dubner significantly better than Gladwell. There being two of them (one High M, the other High V) certainly helps. Now that Everybody Hates Malcolm, Gladwell should think about hiring a High M research assistant to shore up the gaping hole that’s sinking his brand.

mike January 5, 2014 at 12:06 am

Problem is, if Gladwell screened his most tantalizing material through someone who is not quantitatively retarded he would lose almost all of his most tantalizing material.

Rahul January 5, 2014 at 1:24 am

Exactly. I think Levitt and Dubner may make errors but their core is sound. To me Gladwell just seems like a lot of pseudo-scientific BS.

Paul Mineiro January 5, 2014 at 12:20 am

Average is over is over? I suppose that should be expected. Books of the future will have to say a more extreme quantile is over or risk irrelevance.

:)

Steve Sailer January 5, 2014 at 12:21 am

Sure.

Yet the truth usually turns out to be more interesting than a bad idea that some P.R. person sells Gladwell upon.

For example, in “Blink,” Gladwell concluded that the reason car salesmen charge higher prices on average to blacks and women is because they don’t know they are being biased. Only people with a low opinion of car salesmen would imagine they were intentionally discriminating. If only car salesmen noticed what they were doing, they would stop discriminating and make even more money.

Now Gladwell’s theory is pretty stupid and boring compared to the reality of what car salesmen are up to, which is fairly repulsive and fascinating:

http://www.edmunds.com/car-buying/confessions-of-a-car-salesman.html

JWatts January 5, 2014 at 1:31 pm

That was a good link.

Larry Siegel January 7, 2014 at 11:41 pm

Ditto. Fascinating and well written.

Marie January 5, 2014 at 11:18 am

Always interesting to see the “customers who bought this item also bought” list. The covers, fonts, etc. are becoming as formulaic as the Fabio Harlequin covers. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. . . .

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