Tag Archive | Freakonomics

Global Warming as a Religion

  I just finished SuperFreakonomics, the sequel to Freakonomics.  It’s an entertaining book that I highly recommend.  In chapter 5, they discussed whether global warming is even a threat, and took on both conservatives and environmentalists. the movement to stop global warming has taken on the feel of a religion.  Advertisements

It’s Not Always Discrimination

There has been much made of the apparent pay discrepancies between men and women.  At the recent Miss America Pageant, Nene Leakes posed the question, A recent report shows that in 40% of American families with children women are the primary earners, yet they continue to earn less than men.  What does this say about […]

The Statistics of Gun Control

Last week, Stephen Marsh at Wheat and Tares posted about how arguments about Guns and Gays are similar.  Steve specifically said “people post disputed statistics for the harm caused by the parties they wish to regulate or deny. In both cases, those opposing regulation point to contrary statistics showing how good either guns or gay […]

Abortion and Crime

I originally posted this on Wheat and Tares in August 2011, but wanted to add it here since I just talked about a Freakonomics podcast on Baptism for the Dead. A friend of mine introduced me to the Freakonomics podcast that you can download from iTunes.  Two Steve’s (Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt) put together […]

The Worth of $ouls

“Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God” (D&C 18:10).  But how much is a soul worth?  Freakonomics tries to answer the question. For those of you unfamiliar with Freakonomics, it was originally a book written by two Steves:  Dubner and Levitt.  Levitt is an economist for the University of Chicago […]