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September 23, 2005

Now I have to go buy another book

Kathy at Relapsed Catholic has a link to a book review by Orson Scott Card:

Well, there's a book — and a mini-movement — that is trying to cut through all the fog and insist that we face facts in all sorts of areas of American life. It's called "Freakonomics," and it gets its name from the book Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt (economist) and Stephen J. Dubner (science writer).

This book should be required reading before anybody is allowed to vote.

Not really. I think democracy absolutely depends on the continuing right of the ignorant and misinformed to make all the core decisions in our society, and I would never place a mandatory restriction like that on people's right to vote.

But I do believe such ignorance should be voluntary. And as long as we can't get the facts on issues like this, how can we possibly become anything but ignorant and misinformed on almost everything?

Certainly the couple of examples Card uses from the book make it sound like very interesting reading indeed.

Update (after lunch): I got a copy at a nearby Chapters. The intro and first chapter are quite entertaining. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the book.

Update the second: The authors have a blog.

Posted by Nicholas at September 23, 2005 11:43 AM

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