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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.

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

©2017 Seth Stephens-Davidowitz (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Love it but should be a bit more concise

Love the audiobook (I'm not lying!). Very interesting subject. However it could be a little shorter as some part tends to be repetitive.

I would definitely read/listen another book from this author.

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A few insights

There are a few insights that are interesting in this book. Mostly it is an ad for big Data.

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Very insightful and interesting

I think I'm now going to use George on Seinfeld's method of success....ignore my instincts and do the opposite.

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Data, data, data

This book presents lots of information culled from a lot of data. Some of it new to me, but most confirming what I already suspected or knew. Nevertheless, a very good listen.

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Build on ideas of other authors

Disagrees somewhat, big data cannot replace the value of intuition. The author was also not original with his main idea which was basically build on other published books for other author's

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Really Enjoyable and Informative

I found this really interesting. That being said I’m a bit of a geek who thinks a lot about process improvements and change. It was really insightful with a little humour thrown in to keep it from being too dry.

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Packed with interesting revelations and insights..

Enjoyed this primer on the real value in the mass of tracking data being held by some of the largest internet companies. Certainly makes me feel better about using these "free" services as the companies truely get a wealth of information from our participation.

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Insanely Enjoyable

Freakonomics meets big data. This book is a really thoughtful analysis of how to use data to understand our world and all of the people and decision makers in it. So many practical and just genuinely fun facts baked into this book! Perfect for anyone looking for a fun read that they might actually learn something from. #Audible1

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Fun and inspiring :)

Lots of interesting information presented in an easy to follow and fun way. Makes me want to be a data scientist.

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Very informative and thought provoking

Looking forward to the next book. It was well done and interesting throughout. Highly recommended

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Very interesting and well narrated

This book reveals many interesting facts about our lives that we commonly ignore about ourselves. The writer put a lot of effort in stating accurate data by putting things into perspective and looking at it from different points of view.
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  • Pierre Gauthier
  • 2019-01-01

Mind Opening!

In this fascinating book, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz vividly succeeds in demonstrating the pertinence of using big data and in outlining the tremendous future positive impacts it should have in social sciences.

The examples he brings up are wide-ranging, from the impact of racism on US presidential election results to the factors affecting the future performance of race horses or baseball players. Indeed, at times, the text appears almost disjointed, a consequence perhaps of bringing together data from a certain number of the newspaper columns he has written in the New York Times.

The writing style is at once generous, personal and warm. Though the author makes multiple references to his personal situation and to his family, these somehow are never excessive nor aggravating. He succeeds as promised in producing a witty conclusion, “with a twist”.

It must be underscored that the text is specifically adapted for the audiobook version, in full respect of the times and of listeners. In addition, a PDF “enhancement” presenting various graphs, tables and illustrations is graciously included with the purchase.

Overall, this synthetic and substantial offering is warmly recommended to all interested in current intellectual developments.