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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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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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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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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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Entertaining insight into the power of data

Very accessible introduction into the power and various roles of data in our lives. Few people can turn their PhD thesis into something popular but this author has, which is impressive! I would have liked to see a more interrogation of data quality, and what data can't say, or to highlight some limitations /cautions more. In particular the biases underlying some of these data.

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Excellent With A Fresh Perspective!

Turns out, I am in the 3% of people who actually finish the books. This and many other facts were interesting and can certainly provide basis for work and personal life. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in psychology and social sciences. Now I wish I have studied this at school!

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Excellent in all respects

Fascinating, amusing, well written, well-read and important. I am going to be a data. scientist.

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boring thesis on big data

has nothing new to add after the first few chapters
more of a thesis than a story.

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Fantastic

Entertaining and educational
Showing the potential power of big data and what can be extracted from it

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Amazing facts

I really enjoyed the book and all the facts and data behind it. It's inspired me to go into data science now. Thank you for the amazing work.

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Yeah but

Interesting anecdotes but not all so impressive or compelling as the author believed. A fair bit of survivor bias masquerading as deep insight, especially as far as Google searching is confirmed. I found the narrator quite irritating, and this may have affected my view of the content.

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Brilliantly read, and extremely interesting!

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