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End Malaria. De citit!

Cateodata, blogul asta pare mult mai silentios decat as vrea eu sa fie. As vrea de exemplu acum, sa fiu pe o cutie de lemn pe care sa ma sui ca sa ma poata auzi si vedea toata lumea, caci am de facut o recomandare.

E o carte. Linkul duce catre povestea ei.

E poate cea mai buna investitie literara din ultima vreme. Se numeste End Malaria si dincolo de titlul (poate) deranjant, este o colectie de articole de maxim 3 pagini fiecare. Autorii sunt oameni de seama din toata lumea, cercetatori, scriitori, antreprenori, care au o experienta de impartasit. Stiti TED? No, asta e varianta compacta, pe hartie. Caci langa fiecare poveste, sunt cate doua trei fraze despre autor si unu din trei a fost cel putin o data si vorbitor la TED. Si toti sunt pe Twitter, buni de urmarit.

Am ajuns la pagina 30 si e o carte de-aia enervanta pentru cei din jurul cititorului, caci iti tot vine sa te opresti sa le citesti celorlalti pasaje. Ma chinui foarte mult sa nu fac asta fata de Iulia. 🙂

Ok, deci ati inteles. Nu am puterea sa apas in locul vostru pe butonul de pe Amazon. Dar 20 de euro cred ca e o investitie mult sub cat va aduce cartea asta la capitolul intelepciune si hrana pentru curajul de care avem nevoie uneori. Si nici nu mai mentionez aspectul caritabil: toti banii stransi de pe urma vanzarilor merg intr-un proiect care isi propune sa opreasca malaria pana in 2015.

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Finished reading Freakonomics

Just finished reading an interesting book : Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner.

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Not at all what I expected to be. Saw it on a lot of web banners and even on PowerPoint presentations (so basically a best-seller) and I expected to be actually another “Funky Business” – like book, a description of our current rebel economy.
Well, the book is actually a thoroughly made jurnalistic journey through social facts that influence the economy. Just some keywords to see how the journey goes: Ku Klux Kan, Chicago Public Schools, Ceausescu, chidren educational stimulation factors, drug dealers, abortion as the most efficient way to kill crime and in the end, on how to be a great parent.

It is actually on this last subject that the book ends. Being a good parent has become an industry : from self-help books, to vitamins, from child-prooffing your house, to book a school since the kid is not even there yet. People often believe that is what they DO that influences the children’s path, when actually is what they ARE that is the most important. A big chapter only on prejudice and popular beliefs, that, after a few research, prove to be very wrong.

It basically is a book that learns you (and proves it logically) that you should always keep a critical eye on the popular beliefs and this can help us human beings to stop acting so stupid sometimes.

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