Saturday, April 30, 2005

Steven Levitt on his Daily Show Appearance

Dr. Steven Levitt (co-author of the interesting book Freakonomics and economist of note at University of Chicago), talks about his appearance on the Daily Show over on his blog. Having watched the appearance I have to agree with his assessment of the show and the format. The appearance was way too short to adequately discuss the ramifications of his studies and/or the depth of his research and how to factor out personal bias from the data.

Having said all of that, I think he did a great job. He did come-off a little bookish, and nervous, but in an endearing kind of way. I think it actually helped sell the idea that he didn't have a political agenda of any sort and was just interested in his work because it often led to surprising conclusions. Good job, Dr. Levitt!

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