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The Logic of Life - The Rational Economics of an Irrational World

Tim Harford

Life sometimes seems illogical. Individuals do strange things: take drugs, have unprotected sex, mug each other. Love seems irrational, and so does divorce. On a larger scale, life seems no fairer or easier to fathom: Why do some neighborhoods thrive and others become ghettos? Why is racism so persistent? Why is your idiot boss paid a fortune for sitting behind a mahogany altar? Thorny questions-and you might be surprised to hear the answers coming from an economist. But Tim Harford, award-winning journalist and author of the bestseller The Undercover Economist, likes to spring surprises. In this deftly reasoned book, Harford argues that life is logical after all. Under the surface of everyday insanity, hidden incentives are at work, and Harford shows these incentives emerging in the most unlikely places. Using tools ranging from animal experiments to supercomputer simulations, an ambitious new breed of economist is trying to unlock the secrets of society. The Logic of Life is the first book to map out the astonishing insights and frustrating blind spots of this new economics in a way that anyone can enjoy. The Logic of Life presents an X-ray image of human life, stripping away the surface to show us a picture that is revealing, enthralling, and sometimes disturbing. The stories that emerge are not about data or equations but about people: the athlete who survived a shocking murder attempt, the computer geek who beat the hard-bitten poker pros, the economist who defied Henry Kissinger and faked an invasion of Berlin, the king who tried to buy off a revolution. Once you've read this quotable and addictive book, life will never look the same again. From the Hardcover edition.

Life sometimes seems illogical. Individuals do strange things: take drugs, have unprotected sex, mug each other. Love seems irrational, and so does divorce. On a larger scale, life seems no fairer or easier to fathom: Why do some neighborhoods thrive and others become ghettos? Why is racism so persistent? Why is your idiot boss paid a fortune for sitting behind a mahogany altar? Thorny questions-and you might be surprised to hear the answers coming from an economist. But Tim Harford, award-winning journalist and author of the bestseller The Undercover Economist, likes to spring surprises. In this deftly reasoned book, Harford argues that life is logical after all. Under the surface of everyday insanity, hidden incentives are at work, and Harford shows these incentives emerging in the most unlikely places. Using tools ranging from animal experiments to supercomputer simulations, an ambitious new breed of economist is trying to unlock the secrets of society. The Logic of Life is the first book to map out the astonishing insights and frustrating blind spots of this new economics in a way that anyone can enjoy. The Logic of Life presents an X-ray image of human life, stripping away the surface to show us a picture that is revealing, enthralling, and sometimes disturbing. The stories that emerge are not about data or equations but about people: the athlete who survived a shocking murder attempt, the computer geek who beat the hard-bitten poker pros, the economist who defied Henry Kissinger and faked an invasion of Berlin, the king who tried to buy off a revolution. Once you've read this quotable and addictive book, life will never look the same again. From the Hardcover edition.
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Life sometimes seems illogical. Individuals do strange things: take drugs, have unprotected sex, mug each other. Love seems irrational, and so does divorce. On a larger scale, life seems no fairer or easier to fathom: Why do some neighborhoods thrive and others become ghettos? Why is racism so persistent? Why is your idiot boss paid a fortune for sitting behind a mahogany altar? Thorny questions-and you might be surprised to hear the answers coming from an economist. But Tim Harford, award-winning journalist and author of the bestseller The Undercover Economist, likes to spring surprises. In this deftly reasoned book, Harford argues that life is logical after all. Under the surface of everyday insanity, hidden incentives are at work, and Harford shows these incentives emerging in the most unlikely places. Using tools ranging from animal experiments to supercomputer simulations, an ambitious new breed of economist is trying to unlock the secrets of society. The Logic of Life is the first book to map out the astonishing insights and frustrating blind spots of this new economics in a way that anyone can enjoy. The Logic of Life presents an X-ray image of human life, stripping away the surface to show us a picture that is revealing, enthralling, and sometimes disturbing. The stories that emerge are not about data or equations but about people: the athlete who survived a shocking murder attempt, the computer geek who beat the hard-bitten poker pros, the economist who defied Henry Kissinger and faked an invasion of Berlin, the king who tried to buy off a revolution. Once you've read this quotable and addictive book, life will never look the same again. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

L.J. Ganser

Length:

6h 10m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:26


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:38


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:20


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:20


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:07


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:13


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:14


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:24


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:27


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:43


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:00


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:21


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:20


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:02


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:56


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:22


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:17


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:05


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:48


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:26


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

01:17


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:15


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:19


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:04


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:12


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

02:50


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:04


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:36


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

02:42


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:40


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:59


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:12


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:10


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:21


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:39


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:59


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:06


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:41


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:04


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

02:49


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:00


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:32


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:36


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:26


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:23


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

02:43


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:17


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:36


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:23


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:04


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:11


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:33


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:11


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:12


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:05


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:15


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:17


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:42


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:38


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:37


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:20


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:04


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:09


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:44


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:50


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:50


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

02:43


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:07


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:48


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:58


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:57


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:39


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:22


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:30


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:31


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:35


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:33


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:54


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:00


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:12


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:07


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

02:56


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:07


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

02:45


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:01


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:44


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:10


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

02:45


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

02:28


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:37


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:09


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:04


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:05


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:52


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:01


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:33


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:55


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:47


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:48


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:56


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:06


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

00:37