In fact, I didn’t learn anything about how to better make use of incentives in life. The advices to skip pages and read books in any order or to switch movies frequently at the cinema don’t make much sense to me. I would waste my time by doing that, better focus on what I like most and not try to maximise my time with bite size feelings that are not complete. His advices on how to find the best restaurants are too obvious to be enlightening.
I did like his comment on why food is better in emerging and unequal economies than advanced egalitarian ones. You need the wealthy to enjoy the tasty meals and the cheap labour to produce it. This confirms my theory of why luxury in
The best chapter is definitely the “markets in everything” section, where he mentions the imaginary girlfriends services, the boyfriend’s arm pillows, the $10,000 class for top executives to learn how to cope with life in prison, the kidnapping insurance business in Columbia, the Russian alibi providers, the $7.99 pre-sexual agreement forms, the Indian firms renting wedding guests or the Chilean coffin alarms, in case you are buried alive by mistake…markets in everything indeed.
An interesting book no doubt about it. But now he’s got a new one: “Create your own economy” which “explains why the coming world of Web 3.0 is good for us; why social networking sites such as Facebook are so necessary; what’s so great about “Tweeting” and texting; how education will get better; and why politics, literature, and philosophy will become richer. This is a revolutionary guide to life in the new world.”