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Everybody Lies

Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, World Affairs
4.5 out of 5 stars (46 ratings)

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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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Brilliantly read, and extremely interesting!

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

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  • rikki
  • 07-27-19

a frightening insight into internet data usage

this is a great book , it reveals very mixed messages as to what we say and think in private or search for on the internet.

a very clever use of data but it could easily be very worrying in the hands of governments or business's .

it should be compulsory reading for young people who put their whole lives out there

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  • Arunas Eitutis
  • 03-13-18

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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  • James
  • 03-01-18

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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  • James.C
  • 01-11-18

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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  • Sharlene
  • 07-23-19

Found myself zoning out

it was ok. Got about 75% of the way through before I gave up as life if too short to waste on books that you zone out of. Good stories but not presented very well and lots of figures. Some people would probably love that.

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  • david chen
  • 02-18-19

Paradigm shifting book!

As a scientist I love the methodical and scientifically sound studies that can finally be made in the social sciences due to the vast amounts of data that we are creating in the modern world.

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  • Luke Guy
  • 12-01-19

Super interesting but doesn’t feel like it goes anywhere.

It’s a really cool and genuinely fascinating collection of stories about the power of big data. Some super interesting insights and little bubbles of how big data can inform and teach us.

My only issue was that it always felt like it was bubbling up to a conclusion that I don’t feel came. I guess the point was that we’re only at the beginning of what big data can do for us but that felt a bit unsatisfying to me.

Worth a listen if you’re into interesting and counterintuitive stats and studies though. Also provides a decent overview of data science which best practices and rules, found that super interesting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-13-19

Not bad but not great

Some interesting information near the beginning of the book, falls off towards the end. 3/5

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  • wendy
  • 11-09-19

interesting

I struggled to get into this, but I'm glad I persisted, it was very interesting....and I listened right to the end!

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  • claire
  • 11-05-19

An insightful listen

Loved the book, you have to be quite alert this book is full on so I don’t recommend you listen tired but loved it. So interesting. :)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-09-18

Some interestingish ideas but wrecked by author

Some interesting ideas but found the author really irritating! There is a lot of humble bragging about how clever he thinks he is. Stopped listening when he inferred he admired another smug male intellectual for making a sexist comment about females in science. Many of my friends are brilliant women who started their careers in acedemia only to end up leaving because of the pervasive sexism and the unbearable frustration of having to deal with exactly these type of men! I plan to return this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-05-19

Extremely interesting topic

Loved the overall book. A bit repetitive by the end, But still a very interesting topic!

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  • Jim
  • 07-27-18

Spectacular

This is an utterly fascinating book, easily the best I’ve listened to all year. Plenty of amazing insights into human behaviour. I’m already planning to listen to it again.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-22-18

Beautiful insight into this world of big data

Seth has written a very interesting book looking at the enormity of research potential big data presents social scientist. Also explores its limitations and the potential futufe information big data may provide.

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  • E. Ryder
  • 05-23-18

Listen to the end

I normally read the first 50 pages of these kind of books but this was different. A good insightful storyteller. Fascinating points around big data, I don’t think I’ll believe anything ever again :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-17-18

Incredibly captivating.

This book was magnificent, so well written, extremely inspiring, emotive and clever. It’s a must buy.