UPDATE: A few more links added for further and detailed reading, see list below.
I’ve recently started to read Freakonomics and obeying the rules of synchronicity (is this Fringe science or what, anyway!), as the authors published their new book ‘Superfreakonomics’, I started to realize how problematic their case and style is. So I simply note down some criticisms I have just discovered via reliable sources:
- Language Log: Freakonomics: the intellectual’s Glenn Beck?
- Andrew Gelman’s blog on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science: My review of Freakonomics 2
- The New Republic: Does “Superfreakonomics” Need A Do-Over?
- The Daily Dish: Not So Superfreak
- The New Republic: Freaks and Geeks; How Freakonomics is ruining the dismal science.
- The New Republic: Revenge of the Nerd
- Conscience of a Liberal (Paul Krugman): A counterintuitive train wreck
I started to think what we need is to start a kind of meta-criticism, or maybe observe and understand the recent trends that lead to books like Freakonomics, Tipping Point, etc. Just another idea to think about as time goes by…