How to Think Like a Freak

Learn how to make smarter decisions with the superstar authors of Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics

Wednesday 28 May 2014, 4.57am | VIDEO NOW ONLINE

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The books Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics have been worldwide sensations, selling tens of millions of copies. They have come to stand for challenging conventional wisdom using data rather than emotion. Questions they examine are typically: Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? How much do parents really matter? Why is chemotherapy prescribed so often if it’s so ineffective?

Now the books’ two authors, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, have turned what they’ve learned into a readable and practical toolkit for thinking smarter, harder, and different – thinking, that is, like a Freak.

On 28th May they came to Intelligence Squared to discuss their new Frequel, Think Like a Freak. They offered entertaining and practical insights such as ‘Put Your Moral Compass in Your Pocket,’ ‘If You Have No Talent, Follow Levitt’s Path to Success,’ and ‘The Upside of Quitting,’. By analysing the plans we form and the morals we choose, they showed how their insights can be applied to help us make smarter decisions in our daily lives.


Stephen J DubnerStephen J Dubner

Bestselling author and journalist whose writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker and Time. He wrote a profile of Levitt in The New York Times magazine in 2003 which provoked an extraordinary response and led to the remarkable Freakonomics collaboration


Steven LevittSteven D Levitt

Professor of economics at the University of Chicago. His idiosyncratic economic research into areas as varied as guns and game shows has triggered broad debate



Clive AndersonClive Anderson

Award-winning presenter and comedy writer. He has fronted ten series of his own show, Clive Anderson Talks Back on Channel 4 and four series of Clive Anderson All Talk on BBC 1. He currently hosts Loose Ends and Unreliable Evidence on Radio 4


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Praise for Freakonomics

The Observer‘A phenomenon…their approach has won the book a cult following.’
The Observer‘The book is a delight; it educates, surprises and amuses…dazzling’

Praise for SuperFreakonomics

The Observer‘A humdinger of a book: page-turning, politically incorrect and ever-so-slightly intoxicating, like a large swig of tequila.’
The Observer‘Levitt and Dubner’s zeal for statistical anomalies is as undimmed as their eye for a good story. Lie back and let Levitt and Dubner’s bouncy prose style carry you along from one peculiarity to the next.’
The Observer‘Journalist Stephen J Dubner and his co-author, the economist Steven D Levitt, have enraged everyone from climate-change activists to child-safety campaigners by applying rational economic thinking to emotive subjects.’