Freakonomics on the rocks?

As it happens, Freakonomics is being taken-on by Andrew Gelman and Kaiser Fung in this new post.

Oh, I just realized: this is a great way to teach students about scientific communication (and, perhaps, even touches on ideas related to the public understanding of science, only science means economics here [peppered with a good bit of sociology for garnish]).

And, there are even some cool pics to help visualize the “problem” as it were.

Here is the way that it goes (especially in SuperFreakonomics):


Here is how it might work better:


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About Nicholas

Associate Professor of Sociology, Environmental Studies, and Science and Technology Studies at Penn State, Nicholas mainly writes about understanding the scientific study of states and, thus, it is namely about state theory. Given his training in sociology and STS, he takes a decidedly STS-oriented approach to state theory and issues of governance.

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