When I decided to officially start the Kalamazoo Business Book Club nearly two years ago, one of the most important points discussed was the difference between quantity and quality. I believe in the quality of the discussion over the quantity of the people involved. Tonight’s was another awesome one featuring “SUPERFreakonomics” by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner.
Matt, at the bottom in the picture, chose the book title and to lead the discussion this month. He had previously read the first book by the same authors, “Freakonomics,” and was excited to read the sequel (note: it is not important to read the first before reading the second). Matt’s enthusiasm and presentation convinced Moh’d (holding the book) to read it during, if not before, an upcoming long airplane flight. That’s a pretty good endorsement about what we do!
I love the discussions, no matter how much I am able to contribute, and usually feel more energized at the end compared to the start. People have told me that they feel like they have to read the book to join in. As Moh’d proved, you can still get something out of attending even without reading (all of) the book. The nice part when a higher ratio of attendees have read the book is the chance of a more in-depth conversation. We may remember different points or be able to clarify what someone else didn’t understand. All of these reasons make the quality count over the quantity involved. We can definitely fit a bigger group in the back of the Michigan News Agency, too. Check out this link if you want to join.
For those of you reading this who want to know more about the book itself, here are the main points of the night:
- The point of the book is that it makes you think differently on issues in general. The points being presented may or may not fully be true.
- That we like to spend lots of money to try to “fix” issues, such as global warming, and there may be cheap(er) solutions.
- It is VERY important for medical staff to wash their hands when they are working with patients (who might be dead or alive).
- If you read the book, make sure to include the epilogue! It’s about an experiment where monkeys learn to exchange currency for goods, and how HUMAN they really are.
- The answer to the question on the cover about why suicide bombers should buy life insurance.
- Intrinsic vs extrinsic rewards and how that contributes to many of the topics here.
Stacy (a.k.a. “The Book Lady”)