Monday, September 29, 2014

Doing Anything Freaky

When you start to analyze the Bible in the Freakanomics way there are some things to keep in mind according to Steve Levitt and Stephen Dubner such as:
  1. It is important to understand incentives in a problem.  What is someone getting out of something that could cause this problem or situation to happen?
  2. Real measurements don't lie - numbers don't lie.  If you know what to measure, leave off the drama, you could actually get to the answer.
  3. Don't hang on to life to truths that you have heard, for they could be very wrong.
  4. You don't have to assume two items moving in the same direction have correlation.  One thing often has nothing to do with another, or both of them might be moving in the same direction for two totally different reasons.
  5. Feedback is important - if you have an idea it is good to let another hear it and give you true and honest feed back to help you clarify your thoughts - clear and honest being the operable words.
  6. Don't gravitate to the obvious but don't be afraid of it either.
  7. Don't be afraid to throw all conventional wisdom and ideas out the window and come at the problem from a totally different way to looking at things.
  8. Look at things from a child's point of view - raw, honest, uninhibited by years of "learning," with little to no preconceptions.
  9. Don't take yourself too seriously - have fun with it. 
  10. Don't be closed to flaws in your ideas.
  11. Don't be constantly worrying about everyone agreeing with you.
  12. Be willing to listen to the ides of others and give them merit.

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