Levitt says the book contains "two things that might make people very, very mad." One of them is a skeptical look into the merits of car seats for children (they've got no complaint with backward-facing infant seats, just the forward-facing ones for older kids), the other is a skeptical look at the current approach toward tackling global warming.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Global Cooling Heresy
As you probably know, Freakonomics (by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner) was a mega-bestseller.
"Hailed as genius, provocative, and even eye-popping, Freakonomics sold more than 4 million copies, spent over 2 years on the New York Times bestseller list, was translated in 35 languages, and has exploded into a global brand."
With their first book, when the authors were promoting the notion that the legalization of abortion in the '70s resulted in lower crime rates in the '90s, they were media darlings. Now that they're taking on the Church of Global Climate Change (with their new book, SuperFreakonomics) those forward thinking, open-minded liberals of the MSM are irate:
And here are some of the perfectly predictable reactions from the knee-jerk left:
Sounds like it might be a great read. I'll let you know. SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance will be released on October 20, 2009.
Paul Krugman blocks comments on his global warming post.
Global Warming in SuperFreakonomics: The Anatomy of a Smear
SuperFreakonomics Freaking Out the Greens
Ich bin…busy? Twentieth Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall doesn't excite Obama. Why is this not surprising?