I just finished reading Freakonomics, an incredibly interesting look at the data that make up our lives. For instance, trends in naming children and the implications of those names, or the economic hierarchy of urban drug dealers. Interesting, if fairly random, things.
Perhaps the real point of the book is to encourage the asking of questions - why is such and such the way it is? How does it compare to something radically different and what can we learn from the similarities and differences between the two?
I have always enjoyed watching people - not in a creepy way, at least I don't think so! I am just curious about how people are, how we interact. This is most likely one of the reasons I am so interested in making dolls. The author of this book has a similar curiousity, although at a much more complex and advanced level. As a curious person, I am fascinated at the conclusions an extensively inquisitive mind can deduce, it is very reassuring and quite inspiring.
I say this all as something of a disclaimer: if you catch me studying you over my boyfriends shoulder at the coffee shop, don't think I'm some sort of floozy trying to pull one over on him. I am just wondering what the pin on your jacket says, and if it has anything to do with the paper at which you are so furiously scribbling...
Seriously though, read the book.