Friday, June 15, 2007

A Master of the "Economic Way of Thinking"

From Steven Landsburg's new book "More Sex is Safer Sex: The Unconventional Wisdom of Economics:"

"Common sense tells you that promiscuity spreads AIDS, population growth threatens prosperity, and misers make bad neighbors. If your common sense tells you otherwise, remember that common sense also tells you the earth is flat. I wrote this book to assault your common sense.

My weapons are evidence and logic, especially the logic of economics. Logic is most enlightening - and surely most fun - when it challenges us to see the world in a whole new way. This book is about that kind of logic."

Read a Q&A here with Landsburg on the Freakonomics blog.


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