Special Guest Speaker

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:30pm


5324 Wean Hall


SETH STEPHENS-DAVIDOWITZ, Author http://sethsd.com/

How much sex do people really have? Does advertising work? How many Americans are racist? Is America experiencing a hidden back-alley abortion crisis? Can you game the stock market? Does violent entertainment increase the rate of iviolent crime? What should you say on a first date if you want a second? What's the best place to raise your kids? Do parents treat sons differently from daughters? What makes a story go iral? How many people actually read the books they buy?In this ground-breaking work, Seth Stehens-Davidowitz, a Harvard-trained economist, former Google data scientist, and New York Times writer, argues that much of what we thought about people has been dead wrong. The reason? People lie, to friends, lovers, doctors, surveys - and themselves. Howeer, we no longer need to rely on what people tell us New data from the internet - the traces of information that billions of people leave on Google, social media, dating, and even pornography sites - finally reveals the truth. By analyzing this digital goldmine, we can now learn what people really think, what they really want, and what they really do. Sometimes, the new data will make you laugh out loud, Sometimes, the new data will shock you. Sometimes, the new data will deeply disturb you.  But, always, ths new data will make you think. Everybody Lies combines the informed analaysis of Nate Silver's Signal and Noise, the storytelling of Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers, and the wit and fun of Stephen Dubner and Steven Lett's Freakonomics in a book that will change the way you view the world.  There is almost no limit to what can be learned about human nature from Big Data - provided, that is, you ask the right questions. Faculty Hosts: Jean Yang, Kathleen Carley

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