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SuperFreakonomics by Steven D. Levitt
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Feb 26, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: pop-psych

A light, entertaining read, with none of the 'knock your socks off' discoveries of its predecessor. Really? Prostitutes make a lot of money in crappy conditions, and high-class independent call girls make a BUTT TON of money in really easy conditions? Nawwwww surely you jest.

In fairness, a lot of things that would have surprised me more, had I read this four or so years ago when I first read Freakonomics, I've since (thanks to Freakonomics) read enough in similar areas that it does NOT surprise me. There are simple cheap (untested in real life) solutions to large scale world problems? A lot of 'green' technology is actually pretty lousy? Monkeys can be trained to use currency? Of course they can, why would you doubt monkeys. (Or put your faith in a Prius.)

Anyway, fast read with some fun knowledge to read aloud to a patient bystander. Not earthshaking, not especially memorable.

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