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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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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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For data lovers.

If you enjoy big data, little data and weird data then this book is for you. The story was a bit weird and it's definitely not an easy read or listen for most but the narrator is energetic and adds style to what might otherwise be boring statistics.

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interesting insights

some good examples of big data analysis
still needs conclusion though I'm listening not abandoning

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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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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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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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Brilliantly read, and extremely interesting!

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