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Think like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

I consider Freakonomics a book of impact in my life. The book really challenged me to reconsider every notion of reality. It is amazing how intelligent humans can be yet simultaneously ridiculous.

The next book, Superfreakonmics, did not measure up to its predecessor but it still offered many insights. In short, I was hooked onto the Freakonomics train. I would listen to Levitt and Dubner on podcasts and read their blogs.

When Think like a Freak was published, I was very excited. Unlike the two previous volumes, this work discusses the process over presenting data. Thinking like a freak requires you to think differently, but not abstractly. It requires you to look at a problem through two lenses: the ordinary lens and the extraordinary lens. And after all that, transmitting your new ideas can be twice the hassle.

This book was incredibly interesting, and at the end, I felt smarter yet entertained.

Again, Think like a Freak is a quick read. The content isn’t very heavy. I enjoyed it, and I can’t wait to read something by Levitt and Dubner in the future.