Everybody Lies

  • by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, Steven Pinker - foreword
  • Narrated by Tim Andres Pabon
  • 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Blending the informed analysis of The Signal and the Noise with the instructive iconoclasm of Think Like a Freak, a fascinating, illuminating, and witty look at what the vast amounts of information now instantly available to us reveal about ourselves and our world - provided we ask the right questions.
By the end of an average day in the early 21st century, human beings searching the Internet will amass eight trillion gigabytes of data. This staggering amount of information - unprecedented in history - can tell us a great deal about who we are - the fears, desires, and behaviors that drive us and the conscious and unconscious decisions we make. From the profound to the mundane, we can gain astonishing knowledge about the human psyche that less than 20 years ago seemed unfathomable.
Everybody Lies offers fascinating, surprising, and sometimes laugh-out-loud insights into everything from economics to ethics to sports to race to sex, gender, and more, all drawn from the world of big data. What percentage of white voters didn't vote for Barack Obama because he's black? Does where you go to school effect how successful you are in life? Do parents secretly favor boy children over girls? Do violent films affect the crime rate? Can you beat the stock market? How regularly do we lie about our sex lives, and who's more self-conscious about sex, men or women?
Investigating these questions and a host of others, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz offers revelations that can help us understand ourselves and our lives better. Drawing on studies and experiments on how we really live and think, he demonstrates in fascinating and often funny ways the extent to which all the world is indeed a lab. With conclusions ranging from strange-but-true to thought-provoking to disturbing, he explores the power of this digital truth serum and its deeper potential - revealing biases deeply embedded within us, 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. All of us are touched by big data every day, and its influence is multiplying. Everybody Lies challenges us to think differently about how we see it and the world.


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good and insightful

good and insightful. i highly recommend this book. it offers a keen look at big data and it's potential uses.
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- timmon

An honest, engaging, humorous, and relevant look at data

This was a great listen. It's a reflective and educational look at the data we create and how it can be analyzed. Seth Stephens-Davidowitz captures the hidden reality of our collective digital lives and cleverly informs readers of the importance and impact big data can have. The concepts covered are invaluable when attempting to fully understand the impacts of our connected world. Davidowitz draws in readers with (presumably true) personal anecdotes, voyeuristic search results, and insight that gets readers thinking. Highly recommended.
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- adi aharon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-09-2017
  • Publisher: HarperAudio