Essay On D. Levitt's Freakonomics
When economist Steven D. Levitt and journalist Stephen J. Dubner published Freakonomics, many asked the authors, how do they think like this? How can one think like this? In response, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner wrote Think Like a Freak, a how-to guide on extreme outside of the box thinking. By asking obvious questions, thinking like a child, and many other strange behaviors that can only be explained with the help of a seemingly unrelated story, a person can “think like a Freak”.
First, through collaboration of the two authors, a single speaker emerges. In response to how the two worked together in the Q&A section of Think Like a Freak, Dubner responded that, “Levitt has done research and written an academic paper, and then I ask him to help me figure out the story to write,” (Think Like a Freak, pg. 271). There doesn’t seem to be a split identity in the speaker, even though two worked on the book together. For example, the authors don’t usually …show more content…
It is not directed at anyone specifically. The target audience there is anybody who read the authors previous books and wondered how to think like a Freak. Conversely, Dubner wrote on the Freakonomics blog that younger teenagers may be some of the best candidates for thinking like a Freak. On May 13, 2014, he wrote that, “You cannot know how happy it makes me that 13-year-olds are reading and liking this book. To me, theirs are the minds best suited to think like a Freak, since they haven’t yet adopted all the biases and preconceptions that haunt us oldster[s].” Everybody can benefit from thinking like a Freak, but being younger makes it easier because they probably aren’t as proud or biased on their opinions and views. Speaking of views and biases, the authors seem to try to seem relatively unbiased, focusing on the data more than anything, or, one could say, really thinking like a