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Archive of posts published in the tag: Superfreakonomics

High Risk Births in Michigan and Uganda

May is a high risk month to have a baby in Michigan and Uganda.  Why? Ramadan. Some parts of Michigan and parts of Uganda have a large Muslim population that fasts during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan which runs…

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How to Reduce AIDS by 60%

French researcher Bertran Auvert  discovered a way to dramatically reduce the risk of AIDS infection  in heterosexual males after trials in South Africa. The results were confirmed in studies in Kenya and Uganda. For reasons not clearly understood circumcision reduced…

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Save the Planet, Eat Kangaroos

Cows are wicked polluters.  They emit methane through  belching and flatulence, which is by one common measurement 25 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than the carbon dioxide emitted by cars. “Shifting less than one day per week’s worth…

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When Science Becomes Religion

Boris Johnson, a classically educated journalist and previous mayor of London, responded to the catastrophic climate predictions of James Lovelock: “Like all the best religions, fear of climate change satisfies our need for guilt, and self disgust, and that human…

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Seatbelts vs Airbags

A repeated point in Superfreakonomics is that big expensive problems do not require big expensive solutions. Seatbelts, for example, are one of the most costs effective lifesaving devices ever. At $25 per installation it costs about $500 million to put…

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Victims of the Feminist Revolution

In 1940 55% of college educated female workers in their thirties were employed as teachers.  As opportunities  for women broadened the best and the brightest left teaching and went into other higher paying fields.  The school teaching profession experienced a…

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9/11 Aftermath

In the three months after 9/11 there were 1,000 extra traffic deaths in the U.S. We would surmise that the threat of flying caused more people to drive and that driving is much more dangerous than flying.  But the additional…

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