Steven Levitt, author of Freakonomics, delivered a fascinating talk at TED Global 2005 that really got me thinking. The question I find myself asking this morning is: “How many things do we hold to be true that have no basis in truth?”
Take a few minutes to watch this fascinating presentation sent to me by a friend a couple of days ago:
Our efficiency and effectiveness as a nation and more generally as a race would likely skyrocket were we to relieve ourselves of these types of elements in government, in business and in general thought. More often than not these inefficiencies are born when emotional reactions overshadow logical, rational consideration.
Forget about “too big to fail.” I’m more worried about “too big to use logic.” Stories like the one Mr. Levitt shared in this presentation need to be shared to awaken those who care from an overly trusting slumber.