Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explodes the Hidden Side of Everything -by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
This 2005 bestseller isn’t about economics. It’s about exploding assumptions and conventional wisdom using some economic principles and investigative techniques. Frankly, it will blow your mind.
These subjects might seem strange to you, but the glory is in the way he DISSECTS what everyone “thought” was true, to discover the REAL reasons for the success or outcome of something.
I realize that someone looking at these chapter titles is thinking “why should I care about that!” What you will CARE about is how these guys THINK, how they challenge assumptions in a quest for real understanding. AND you will care about the conclusions they draw about human beings, cultures, institutions, and values.
These are the guys who broke the story that CRIME in the USA declined due to the rise in the abortion rate. -A conclusion that’s now considered gospel among social scientists. It’s chapter four in this book, and the authors discuss the ethical and societal ramifications of their conclusion.
What I love about this book is how it proves that our culture accepts many myths as facts. And how much like sheep we humans really are.