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My new Barnes & Noble nook has me reading more than ever and finally getting to some of the books that have been on my “to read” list for months.  One example is Superfreakonomics by the two Steves: Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner.  I thoroughly enjoyed the first book (Freakonomics) and am finding the second one to be equally fun to read.  The authors basically use research studies to draw connections between seemingly unrelated forces.  They aren’t without their critics, but one issue piqued my interest and I followed some of their references to learn more.

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A Freaky Read

I have been a big fan of Stephen J. Dubner and Steve Levitt ever since reading “Freakonomics” two years ago. I discovered their blog a few months back, and that has helped rekindle that feeling of Science explaining Life that made me love the book so much. They recently “upgraded” to become part of the New York Times website, which has allowed them to include videos and many more cool features.

The recent posts on their site have centered around the most controversial topic in the book, the correlation (note: not causality) between the drop in U.S. crime rate during the 1990’s and the legalization of abortion in the 1960’s. We learn more about the research that led to the scientific paper on which this part of the book was based. Great reading for conservatives and liberals alike.