Tag Archives: Freakonomics

When even God couldn’t save religion reporters

A grand total of 14,845 journalists lost their jobs in the United States in 2009, according to Paper Cuts. According to Freaknomics, four religion reporters have moved out in just the last month.

Read the full article: 2009 layoffs and buyouts

Link via Freakonomics


Will India’s greatest questioner raise his hand?

Stephen J. Dubner, the journalist who co-authored Freakonomics with the economist Steven D. Levitt, writes on his blog that the most interesting question thrown in the run-up to their new book, SuperFreakonomics, has come from an (unnamed) Indian journalist.

In fact, the blog post is titled: “The greatest question ever asked?”

The question:

“You state that your book is based on one fundamental assumption about human nature: people respond to incentives. Which is another way of saying that people are basically selfish. Take someone like Jesus Christ. What was his “incentive” to go on the cross?”

Read the full post here: The greatest question ever asked?