Stephen Dubner is a popular American author, journalist, and he also works as a podcast and radio host.
Dubner is a co-author of the famous Freakonomics book series and also the host of Freakonomics Radio, an American public radio program.
He wrote his first full-length book, Turbulent Souls: A Catholic Son's Return to His Jewish Family, for which he had been listed as a finalist for the Koret Jewish Book Award.
We've put together an incredible collection of Stephen Dubner quotes to read.
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List of Inspiring Stephen Dubner Quotes
"The movement toward choosing religion, rampant as it is, shouldn't be surprising. Ours is an era marked by the desire to define - or redefine - ourselves."
"Spielberg may have intended 'Schindler's List' as the opposite of entertainment, but the film grossed $321 million and engaged audiences as only entertainment can, coaxing them to cry and shudder, leaving their hearts more heavy than broken."
"Deflategate. I mean it's kind of idiotic in one way. On the other hand, look how totally obsessed we are with the fact that the New England Patriots may have taken, I don't know, a half-pound or a pound square inch of air pressure out of the footballs. We love it."
"What's really the driver of talent is not raw ability. It's not even just experience. It's what's called 'deliberate practice,' which is to say, if you do something a lot, you get really good at it."
"I believe that people generally want to be what we call good. They want to cooperate with people. They don't want to steal; they don't want to cheat. But everybody has a price. Everybody has an incentive."
"If the world gets a lot hotter in a hurry and the primary aim is to cool it down, then the current plan of carbon mitigation will almost certainly not be effective. It'll be too little, too late, and too optimistic - in large part because the atmospheric half-life of CO2 is roughly 100 years."
"Like the graduates of some notorious boot camp, my brothers and sisters and I look back with a sort of perverse glee at the rigors of our Catholicism. My oldest sister, Mary, was so convinced of the church's omnipotence that when she walked into a Protestant church with some high-school friends, she was sure its walls would crash down on her head."
"I like to bring my kids to the voting booth to show them how it works. I'll let them draw their own conclusions as to how worthwhile it is."
“The conventional wisdom is often wrong.”
"We've been conditioned to think that quitting is a failure, a form of failure. How do we know that that's true?"
“Information is a beacon, a cudgel, an olive branch, a deterrent--all depending on who wields it and how.”
“An incentive is a bullet, a key: an often tiny object with astonishing power to change a situation”
“If you both own a gun and a swimming pool in your backyard, the swimming pool is about 100 times more likely to kill a child than the gun is.”
“Social scientists sometimes talk about the concept of "identity". It is the idea that you have a particular vision of the kind of person you are, and you feel awful when you do things that are out of line with that vision.”
“A rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything.”
“An expert must be BOLD if he hopes to alchemize his homespun theory into conventional wisdom.”
“The ECLS data do show, for instance, that a child with a lot of books in his home tends to test higher than a child with no books.”
“Despite spending more time with themselves than with any other person, people often have surprisingly poor insight into their skills and abilities.”
“Knowing what to measure and how to measure it makes a complicated world much less so.”
“Experts depend on the fact that you don’t have the information they do. Or that you are so befuddled by the complexity of their operation that you wouldn’t know what to do with the information if you had it. Or that you are so in awe of their expertise that you wouldn’t dare challenge them.”
“The swimming pool is almost 100 times more likely to kill a child than the gun is.”
“As we suggested near the beginning of this book, if morality represents an ideal world, then economics represents the actual world.”
“Levitt admits to having the reading interests of a tweener girl, the Twilight series and Harry Potter in particular.”
“Since the science of economics is primarily a set of tools, as opposed to a subject matter, then no subject, however offbeat, need be beyond its reach.”
“When moral posturing is replaced by an honest assessment of the data, the result is often a new, surprising insight.”
“For emotion is the enemy of rational argument.”
“There are three basic flavours of incentive: economic, social and moral.”
“It is well and good to opine or theorize about a subject, as humankind is wont to do, but when moral posturing is replaced by an honest assessment of the data, the result is often a new, surprising insight.”
“There are three basic flavors of incentive: economic, social, and moral.”
“Unless you have more information, however, it’s hard to say what’s causing what.”
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