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Should We Pay Kids to Go To School?

Yesterday a friend from Cincinnati asked me if I’d read a piece in Politico that discussed an innovative new program in Memphis targeting poverty by, as he put it, “paying kids to go to school.” I’d never heard of this program, so of course I had to go check it out. 629 more words

School Finance

Nigerian frauds decoded: Why the success of scamsters lies in their dumbness

The following email just popped into my mailbox. Have you ever received a similar email?

My Dearest Friend,
I am MR. PAUL ARUNA, The chief auditor in bank of Africa (boa) Burkina Faso West African, One of our customers, with his entire family was among the victims of plane crash and before his death, he has an account with us valued at $27.2million us dollars(twenty-seven million two hundred thousand us dollars) in our bank and according to the Burkina Faso law, at the expiration of Ten years if nobody applies to claim the funds a grace of one year also will be given before the money will revert to the ownership of the Burkina Faso government. 1,331 more words


More on using our minds.

Interesting sequel to yesterday’s post.

Yesterday,  I published a post under the title of Just to focus our minds.  It featured a chart that demonstrated how long Planet Earth would take to ‘recover’ if the human race disappeared today. 484 more words


Think Like A Freak

After two very successful books, societies across the globe bombarded authors Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner with emails. Ordinary thinkers were asking these mere mortals to do the work of higher powers: to cure obesity, famine, stupidity, and the financial crisis.  381 more words

Book Reviews

Book Review: Think Like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

The authors of Freakonomics offer to retrain your brain in their new book titled Think Like a Freak. Steven D. Levitt is a professor of economics at the University of Chicago and is known for applying economic theory to subjects normally ignored by traditional economics, such as the economics of drug dealing and the relationship between the legalization of abortion and the reduction in crime. 859 more words



Whilst pondering those questions about shame, I was reminded about a recent Freakonomics podcast on failure.

For those of you unfamiliar with Freakonomics (though I can’t imagine that’s many of you), it is a book, blog, podcast and documentary from the brilliant minds of economist Steven Levitt and writer Stephen Dubner. 754 more words


Book Review: Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain

I have read the previous two books by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. They were fresh and exciting books that gave me a crash course into applicable (and fun) economic principles. 193 more words