Posts Tagged ‘Freakonomics’

Insight Links for Apr 20, 6:00 am

// April 20th, 2011 // Comments Off // Digests, Insight

  • On being wrong: Kathryn Schulz on TED.com, Team @ TED Blog:
    Most of us will do anything to avoid being wrong. But what if we’re wrong about that? “Wrongologist” Kathryn Schulz makes a compelling case for not just admitting but embracing our fallibility.(Recorded at TED2011, March 2011, in Long Beach, CA. Duration: 17:57) Watch Kathryn Schulz’s talk on TED….
  • March of the Yemeni Women – By Tom Finn, Team @ Foreign Policy:
    Angered by the taunts of Yemen’s embattled president, women take to the streets of Sanaa to call for his head.
  • A Biblical Post, Daniel Hamermesh @ Freakonomics:
    Photo: David Campbell 2 Kings VII discusses an incident in which the people of Israel are besieged and food prices are skyrocketing. A military officer scoffs when “a man of God” predicts that barley will soon sell for ½ shekel and fine flour for 1 shekel (very low prices). The …
  • The U.K.’s ‘Under-Aged’ Socially Networked Children, Team @ Freakonomics:
    According to a new study by the London School of Economics, one in every three children in the U.K. between 9 and 12 has his/her own Facebook page, despite Facebook’s minimum age requirement of 13. Among 13-16 year-olds, that number shoots to 43 percent. Researchers noted that European children …
  • Hungry, Hungry Judges, Team @ Freakonomics:
    Photo: ssalonso If you’re going to court, you better hope that judge had breakfast. Or just a break. A new study looked into psychological effects in the courtroom from the supply side: the judges. Researchers evaluated results from more than 1,000 rulings made by 8 Israeli judges and found that …

Insight Links for Sep 15, 6:00 am

// September 15th, 2010 // Comments Off // Digests, Insight

  • How Apple Sets Prices, Team @ Freakonomics:
    An article in Bloomberg BusinessWeek breaks down Apple’s pricing strategy and identifies its key components.
  • Humanitarian Design Projects and the Growth of Digital Fabrication, Team @ Worldchanging:
    Looking back one, two and five years ago today (give or take!) on Worldchanging: 2009 Kenyas’ First “Net Positive” Basketball Court Christa Morris reports on…
  • The Verdict on Cash for Clunkers: a Clunker, Stephen J. Dubner @ Freakonomics:
    From a new working paper by Atif Mian and Amir Sufi: “We examine the ability of the government to increase consumption by evaluating the impact of the 2009 “Cash for Clunkers” program on short and medium run auto purchases.”
  • Our Car-Based Environments Are Making Us Sick, Team @ Worldchanging:
    by Angie Schmitt Behind some of America’s most pressing health problems — obesity, diabetes, depression — there’s an often ignored culprit: a built environment that…
  • Lumenhaus: Wins Solar Decathlon Europe, Amanda Reed @ Worldchanging:
    Lumenhaus, a super energy-efficient, ultra modern modular house designed by a team from Virginia Tech was recently announced the winner of the first Solar Decathlon…

Insight Links for Sep 8, 6:00 am

// September 8th, 2010 // Comments Off // Digests, Insight

  • Women Who Make More, Team @ Freakonomics:
    The first chapter of SuperFreakonomics, and a recent Q&A, addressed the pervasive male-female wage gap, but there does seem to be one subset of women who make more money than their male peers.
  • Product-Services, Urban Innovation and the Death of Car Culture, Alex Steffen @ Worldchanging:
    A few items of interest: We’ll be writing more about the recent spate of books and reports on product-service systems and sharing models soon, but…
  • The Gordon Cook Interview (3): from the commons to open and distributed manufacturing, Michel Bauwens @ P2P Foundation:
    On March 4 2010, Gordon Cook was able to interview me in Bangkok. This became the basis for the August-September special issue of the Cook Report, a newsletter that is distributed to telecommunication leaders. It’s the most in-depth profile of our work to date and the first 17 pages, which …