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Publisher's Summary

Insightful, surprising and with groundbreaking revelations about our society, Everybody Lies exposes the secrets embedded in our Internet searches, with a foreword by best-selling author Steven Pinker.

Everybody lies, to friends, lovers, doctors, pollsters - and to themselves. In Internet searches, however, people confess their secrets - about sexless marriages, mental health problems, even racist views. Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, an economist and former Google data scientist, shows that this could just be the most important dataset ever collected.

This huge database of secrets - unprecedented in human history - offers astonishing, even revolutionary insights into humankind. Anxiety, for instance, does not increase after a terrorist attack. Crime levels drop when a violent film is released. And racist searches are no higher in Republican areas than in Democrat ones.

Stephens-Davidowitz reveals information we can use to change our culture and the questions we're afraid to ask that might be essential to our health - both emotional and physical. Insightful, funny and always surprising, Everybody Lies exposes the biases and secrets embedded deeply within us, at a time when things are harder to predict than ever.

©2017 Seth StephensDavidowitz (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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  • Jim
  • 27-07-2018

Spectacular

This is an utterly fascinating book, easily the best I’ve listened to all year. Plenty of amazing insights into human behaviour. I’m already planning to listen to it again.

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Beautiful insight into this world of big data

Seth has written a very interesting book looking at the enormity of research potential big data presents social scientist. Also explores its limitations and the potential futufe information big data may provide.

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Listen to the end

I normally read the first 50 pages of these kind of books but this was different. A good insightful storyteller. Fascinating points around big data, I don’t think I’ll believe anything ever again :)

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Incredibly captivating.

This book was magnificent, so well written, extremely inspiring, emotive and clever. It’s a must buy.

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  • Jan-Albert van den Berg
  • 12-04-2018

Brilliantly read, and extremely interesting!

Following in the footsteps of freakonmics, the book will be worth listening to the end!

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  • Arunas Eitutis
  • 13-03-2018

Sometimes its hard tu visualize and the numbers

Some moments was very interesting and in some I just lost the line. Will be better to read, not to listen as its easier to see the stats ant think a bit about them

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  • James.C
  • 11-01-2018

interesting in parts

there's some interesting insights buried in this book, but it's a little slow in parts and lacks something, though I can't quite say what.
I found the concluding chapter is protracted and unnecessary

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  • James
  • 01-03-2018

Worth listening all the way to the end

Which is more than I managed with Daniel Kahneman’s thinking fast and slow I’m embarrassed to admit.

Full of fascinating facts about human nature backed with data.

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  • M Stojanova
  • 11-08-2018

Big data made (more) interesting

This book is quirky and nerdy, and points the next step for data analysis to help make sense of drivers, triggers and causality. In other words, it is the new and improved version of Freakonomics attempting to utilise big data to illuminate key areas of our lives (sex, tax filings, voting, purchasing decisions, amongst the few addressed). A knowledge and interest in statistics would make some of the more technical (aka “nerdy”) sections more readable, therefore I recommend this book in its audio format as it is more digestible for those with an aversion to regression analysis.

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  • Lebo
  • 26-07-2018

interest book

its a very different way to look at yhe world around you. I liked the book and the authors approach

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  • Murray Truelove
  • 20-07-2018

Fascinating from start to finish!

If you like freakenomics you'll love this book. What do people really think and what do they actually do, despite what they say? Finally big data has the answers!

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  • MS F
  • 11-07-2018

Great listen

A light look at big data research, it's benefits and drawbacks, with some really interesting insights. Another reminder that correlation doesn't imply causation.

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  • Tia Thomassy
  • 10-07-2018

Interesting insights

I liked the book but wanted slightly more from it. The narrator was good. Some chapters dragged but generally contained an interesting insight. The narrative focussed a bit too much on sex in some parts. I'm not a prude but felt that the focus on sex didn't always lead to a necessary or interesting insight so was unecessary on occasion, maybe just good for the shock value. I really enjoy the subject of data analytics so would have preferred a deeper analysis into the area; however, I imagine some listeners will feel that the depth was appropriate. I would read more from this author on the subject in the future.

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  • Josh Jenkins
  • 28-06-2018

Insightful

An easy listen with plenty of take home information. I feel like in areas I wanted more depth or further information, but that is me being greedy.

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  • Gareth
  • 28-06-2018

Interesting Intro

A fairly easy listen that stimulates one to consider in more depth the use of data collection and people's social media habits.

I felt however it lacked a little depth overall and although there were a few insightful comments I finished feeling as if there was more to this topic than this book had to give. A good intro though.