So after saying on this blog that I would not buy Superfreakonomics, Amazon informed me it was shipped to me. It arrived today. Apparently, I had put a preorder in several weeks ago and totally forgot about it. OK then, I can now read that infamous chapter about global warming by myself. But not before I read the two dozen or so books that are ahead in the queue!
Read it here. I note it does not discuss Krugman’s criticism, which I deem serious, and which aired in a NYT blog, just as the freakonomics blog is a NYT blog. I am curious to see what their response will be to Krugman, if any. Dubner and Levitt can hardly say Krugman is spreading smears about them; they either misread the Weitzman article, or they did not. It looks like they misread it; it’s up to them to convince me otherwise.
I still have no intention of buying Superfreakonomics. I’ll be damned if I reward the authors and the publisher of such stuff that passes for science writing. Again, I will keep an eye open for any adequate answers by Levitt and Dubner; I have not seen any yet.
Mark Thoma has a blog entry that quotes Paul Krugman, Brad DeLong and some responses from Levitt and Dubner. My curiosity continues (are Levitt and Dubner really this blinded by what they want to believe in?) but I most definitely will not buy or recommend this book.
Error-riddled ‘Superfreakonomics’: New book pushes global cooling myths, sheer illogic, and “patent nonsense” — and the primary climatologist it relies on, Ken Caldeira, says “it is an inaccurate portrayal of me” and “misleading” in “many” places. « Climate Progress
Wow. I am shocked but not surprised. The need to appear smart by claiming counterintuitive results is widespread in academia.
This is a wonderful site for finding good things to read. Why did I not pay it more attention until now? Who knows…
The Daily Beast Seeks to Speed Up the Publishing Process for Books – NYTimes.com. This is a good idea, one of the side-effects of internet competition that pressures book publishers. I don’t think it will affect the kinds of books I purchase, in the main, though. They are not the kinds of things you can rush and their audience (including me) prefers quality to timeliness, within reason.