Think Like a Child: A Freakonomics Radio Rebroadcast

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(Photo: Tim Snell)

(Photo: Tim Snell)

This week’s Freakonomics Radio episode is a rebroadcast of the episode “Think Like a Child” (You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above. You can also read the transcript, which includes credits for the music you’ll hear in the episode.)

Our latest podcast is called “Think Like a Child.” (You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above. You can also read the transcript, which includes credits for the music you’ll hear in the episode.) Why would anyone want to think like a child? Aren’t kids just sloppy, inchoate versions of us, who can’t even say “I Don’t Know”?

Hardly. As Stephen Dubner and Steve Levitt describe in their new book, Think Like a Freak, thinking like a child can be very fruitful.

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Aric Aasgaard

@11:00 ....that is exactly how I choose for IT positions. There is a big difference between someone that knows how to code and or trouble shoot and someone that has a passion for it. .......I'll take the intelligent hacker, the details can be taught.

Rob Luces

Children have "beginners mind" for almost everything in life. Adults have it when learning something new. More observant, alert and open to possibility.
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zen_Mind,_Beginner's_Mind

Julie Varady

Hello;
I would like to comment about the episode in which the participant combines gym workouts and watching her favorite TV shows. I am a wellness nurse and I teach this all the time, as folks do not always want to do what is healthy. We all know that.

May I share something? Listening to Freakonomics is a real treat for me. I listen to it while doing the elliptical at the gym or running errands. One drawback: I really get into it. Sometimes I laugh out loud or react in some way. This is no problem when everyone can see my ear buds and the cord leading to the player in my fanny pack or purse. Michigan winters pose a problem, as my ear buds and gear are not always visible. LOL.