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A Field Guide to Lies and Statistics

A Neuroscientist on How to Make Sense of a Complex World
Narrated by: Dan Piraro
Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
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Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of A Field Guide to Lies by David Levitin, read by Dan Piraro.

The best-selling author of The Organized Mind explains and debunks statistics in the information age.

We live in a world of information overload. Facts and figures on absolutely everything are at our fingertips but are too often biased, distorted, or outright lies. From unemployment figures to voting polls, IQ tests to divorce rates, we're bombarded by seemingly plausible statistics on how people live and what they think. In a world where anyone can become an expert at the click of a button, being able to see through the tricks played with statistics is more necessary than ever before. Daniel Levitin teaches us how to effectively ask ourselves: can we really know that? And how do they know that?

In this eye-opening, entertaining and accessible guide filled with fascinating examples and practical takeaways, acclaimed neuroscientist Daniel Levitin shows us how learning to understand statistics will enable you to make quicker, better-informed decisions to simplify your life.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Daniel Levitin (P)2016 Penguin Random House

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Ignore it at your own cost!

Definitely one of the top 10 books I have listened to recently. Well thought out and presented.

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Not much to learn

The text is very repetitive and there is not much to gain after initial chapters.

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A must read

Until this book I was easily duped into what I heard or read. This includes what I thought was well researched studies and journalism. This book cannot be more highly recommended in an age of fake news which is easily graphed or worded in a suggestive and believable manner even to the most sceptic and scrupulous indiciduals. If you want to think clearly and know the way stats and information is altered to induce credulity then this book is a must read. It is one of the best listens in a large repotoire

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An entertaining listen

Overall an entertaining listen and some decent reminders/pointers as to how we should scrutinize data more and not take at face value the volumes of information we're presented with everyday.
If you're looking to learn about statistics or analysis though then this isn't for you.

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A must read

This is a must read book for anyone who wishes to learn how statistics and other logical devices at our disposal can be used for both ends of an argument. The book provides good list of examples of usages on both sides of the argument.

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Must read by everyone in modern internet era!

Easy listening and clear explanation with a lot of examples. Loved this book! Recommend for everyone in modern internet era.