An Analysis Of Steven D. Levitt And Stephen J. Gilman Essay

1218 Words Sep 21st, 2014 5 Pages
The Webster dictionary defines a freak as such “one that is markedly unusual or abnormal”. Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have a slightly different perspective on the term freak. “To think a bit differently, a bit harder, a bit more freely” (Think Like a Freak, 211). Throughout their novel, they encourage you, as the reader, to think diversely in your everyday life. Each chapter guides you through a new insightful way to think about situations. From admitting that you just don’t know, using successful bribery, changing the way you ask a question, to thinking innocently like a child. Within each of these suggestions to thinking like a freak, they give specific examples. In the chapter about the three hardest words in the English language, I don’t know, the authors spoke about an experiment they conducted with a bunch of British schoolchildren. They presented them with a simple story and asked them a few questions that corresponded to the story. Of the four questions they asked them, two of the questions could not be answered because the story did not give detail enough to respond to them. “Those questions were unanswerable- there simply wasn’t enough information given in the story. And yet a whopping 76 percent of the children answered these questions either yes or no” (Think Like a Freak, 20).
Short stories like this one are presented throughout every chapter of the book. The authors use them as techniques to strengthen their argument of how you should think…

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