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Everybody Lies

Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (85 ratings)
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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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Some interestingish ideas but wrecked by author

Some interesting ideas but found the author really irritating! There is a lot of humble bragging about how clever he thinks he is. Stopped listening when he inferred he admired another smug male intellectual for making a sexist comment about females in science. Many of my friends are brilliant women who started their careers in acedemia only to end up leaving because of the pervasive sexism and the unbearable frustration of having to deal with exactly these type of men! I plan to return this book.

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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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  • Ray Chapman
  • 14-04-2019

Startling discoveries about us

I enjoyed diving into our secrets. The honesty that big data reveals is startling scary

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  • SAB
  • 08-04-2019

cant wait for book number 2

Inspired me to learn the techniques outlined in the book. great book with insights on how to lock who we really are

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  • Alek
  • 04-04-2019

As much as I love Jon Ronson, this book I liked more

A great narrative backed by a superb collection of data, expanding your personal potential and toolkit for future research. Loved it.

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  • Grzegorz
  • 31-03-2019

Outside box thinking

Maybe that book is not for everyone, but I've enjoyed every moment of it. looking forward for your next book, I'll Google it ;)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-03-2019

excellent narrator and interesting information

narrator excellent, ideas in the book very interesting. bit repetitive towards the end but worth finishing!

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  • NELLY
  • 20-02-2019

10/10

An incredibly interesting look at data science that we can all relate to. A scary look into people's otherwise unspoken thoughts.

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  • david chen
  • 18-02-2019

Paradigm shifting book!

As a scientist I love the methodical and scientifically sound studies that can finally be made in the social sciences due to the vast amounts of data that we are creating in the modern world.