Some consider economics a dismal science, with its practitioners involved in arcane discussions that have few real-world implications for normal citizens. But those who dismiss the science of economics miss the rare treat of Stephen Dubner‘s writing. The author of Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics brings a scientific approach to issues that most people wouldn’t consider within the realm of economics: the working conditions of crack dealers, the effect of abortion policies on crime rates, even the socioeconomic implications of naming your child. Dubner does all of this in a provocative style, with insights that disrupt the preconceptions of liberals and conservatives alike. Hear him share his theories in person at 7 p.m. at the Folly Theater (1020 Central, 816-474-4444). Tickets cost $10, assuming you apply a cost-benefit analysis concerning your Thursday-night plans.

Thu., Oct. 7, 7 p.m., 2010