Finally finished the book I’ve been reading for an embarrassingly long time. It was a good read, mainly fun actually. But there was one point that stuck out as the most important, and that makes the book worth reading.
It is to be skeptical of conventional wisdom. To balance your intelligence and your intuition to arrive at a new idea, or to challenge an existing. Ideas may make you feel uncomfortable, or unpopular, especially if they challenge an idea that so many people have already accepted.
Ask questions. many will lead to nothing, but some will produce answers that are important, interesting and surprising!
*Freakonomics by Steven D Levitt & Stephen J Dubner
There is one drowning of a child for every 11,000 residential pools in the United States. Meaning in a country with over 6 million pools, roughly 550 children under the age of ten drown each year.
Meanwhile, there is one child killed by a gun for every one million+ guns. So, in a country with over 200 million guns, roughly 175 children under the age of ten die from guns.
In conclusion, likelihood of death by pool is 1 in 11,000 versus by gun 1 in a million+.
Yet, more parents feel comfortable with their children staying over at a friend’s home where the parents own a pool rather than a gun.
* This blog is based off the book I am reading the the moment Freakonomics.