Freakonomics: what you didn’t know about how the world works

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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Is a gun more dangerous than a swimming pool? How much of an impact do parents really have on a child’s life? Did the legalization of abortion lead to a sharp decrease in crime?

These aren’t typical questions about economics, but then Steven Levitt isn’t your typical economist. Together with award-winning writer and journalist Stephen Dubner, Levitt wrote Freakonomics as a way to explore the hidden side of everything from gangs and real-estate agents to cheating and the Ku Klux Klan.

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The Blind Watchmaker: Evolution 101 with Richard Dawkins

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The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins’ The Blind Watchmaker is considered the most influential work on evolution in the last hundred years. Charles Darwin challenged creationists with his theories. Dawkins takes it one step further, making an eloquent and comprehensible argument for the ultimate question: Why do we exist?

“I want to persuade the reader, not just that the Darwinian world-view happens to be true, but that it is the only known theory that could, in principle, solve the mystery of our existence.”

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