Talk:Freakonomics

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McNamara[edit]

Robert McNamara introduced the seat belt? In better times, this would be sufficient grounds to disinter his body so it could be burnt at the stake. - Smerdis of Tlön, for the defense. 00:42, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

Not so much that he introduced the seat belt, but Ford was an early adopter... for American manufacturers, that is. They introduced them as an option in '55, some 6 years after Nash did. The Steves paint McNamara as the brains behind the idea and he probably had a hand in getting them included as an option. Space Turbo (talk) 04:27, 4 August 2014 (UTC)
In general the authors of Freakonomics are nearly as careful with facts as Malcolm Gladwell. I got Superfreakonomics for Christmas a few years ago, and it's an entertaining read but just about every page was setting off my baloney detection kit. It's made of seriously shoddy thinking - David Gerard (talk) 13:29, 4 August 2014 (UTC)