Intoduction: The Hidden Side of Everything
To be blunt, the introduction of Freakonomics was probably my favorite part of the book. Being a person who doesn’t really have a high level of patience – especially when it comes to reading nonfiction books – I tend to like books that contain solid ideas and get straight to the point. This is not to say that I don’t like reading nonfiction, because I do.
What appealed to me most about the introduction was the conciseness.
The very first paragraph of the introduction drew me in, because in a few sentences, the authors were able to make me mix the feelings of curiosity and horror together. I wondered what could possibly scare people into being “scared out of his skin”.
Chapter 1: What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common?
The starting scenario in the beginning of the chapter was very intriguing to me for various reasons. Firstly, it was interesting to interpret the overall situation. The way the situation was written allowed you to take on various point of views. You could put yourself in the shoes of the day care manager, or you could take on the perspective of a parent. From the viewpoint of the day care manager, it would be reasonable to charge any late parent. But as the authors explained, it’s about how much you charge them. If I were a parent, I would feel less guilty if I had to pay money for every time I was late. That being said, I think most parents wouldn’t take it as a late fee as time wore on. It would be more like an extra hour fee: the price of paying the day care to look after your child until a certain amount of time is already set, any extra hour will be charged. It’s almost like how prepaid phones work. The first minute is always the most expensive, but the minutes afterwards are much cheaper. This idea of thinking is clever because it makes you want to talk for a longer period of time on the phone. If the first minute was always the cheapest, then most people would probably...