Steven D. Levitt Quotes.

21. "Between 1995 and 2005, there were on average 60.3 worldwide shark attacks each year, with a high of 79 and a low of 46. There were on average 5.9 fatalities per year, with a high of 11 and a low of 3. In other words, the headlines during the summer of 2001 might just as easily have read Shark Attacks About Average This Year. But that probably wouldn’t have sold many magazines."
- Steven D. Levitt, SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling

22. "HOW IS A STREET PROSTITUTE LIKE A DEPARTMENT-STORE SANTA?"
- Steven D. Levitt, SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling

23. "When the solution to a given problem doesn’t lay right before our eyes, it is easy to assume that no solution exists. But history has shown again and again that such assumptions are wrong."
- Steven D. Levitt, SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling

24. "parent in a retirement home is more likely to be visited by his grown children if they are expecting a sizable inheritance. But wait, you say: maybe the offspring of wealthy families are simply more caring toward their elderly parents? A reasonable conjecture—in which"
- Steven D. Levitt, SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling

25. "A good set of data can go a long way toward describing human behavior as long as the proper questions are asked of it. Our job in this book is to come up with such questions."
- Steven D. Levitt, SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling

26. "one of the most powerful laws in the universe is the law of unintended consequences."
- Steven D. Levitt, SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling

27. "Young women in Cameroon have their breasts ironed—beaten or massaged by a wooden pestle or a heated coconut shell—to make them less sexually tempting."
- Steven D. Levitt, SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling

28. "Saber e fazer são duas coisas diferentes, principalmente quando a situação envolve prazer."
- Steven D. Levitt, Superfreakonomics

29. "Digamos, contudo, que fosse possível desenvolver um algoritmo bancário 99% exato. Vamos assumir que o Reino Unido tenha 500 terroristas. O algoritmo identificaria corretamente 495 deles, ou 99%. No entanto, como há aproximadamente 50 milhões de adultos no Reino Unido que não têm nada a ver com terrorismo, o algoritmo também identificaria erroneamente 1% deles como terroristas, ou 500.000 pessoas. No fim das contas, esse algoritmo maravilhoso, com 99% de exatidão, apontaria número muito elevado de falsos-positivos - meio milhão de pessoas que ficariam indignadas, com toda a razão, quando fossem caçadas pelas autoridades sob suspeita de terrorismo."
- Steven D. Levitt, Superfreakonomics

30. "No entanto, quando se prende um fornecedor, cria-se uma situação de escassez que, inevitavelmente, impulsiona os preços para cima, o que atrai ainda mais fornecedores para o mercado. A "guerra contra drogas" movida pelos Estados Unidos tem sido relativamente ineficaz exatamente por concentrar-se nos vendedores, não nos compradores."
- Steven D. Levitt, Superfreakonomics

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