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A window into the human psyche with Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

Presented by WLTH in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse and Brisbane Times

If you have a smart phone and use the Internet you’re going to want to hear what Seth Stephens-Davidowitz knows about you!

The former Google data scientist will draw on his research to reveal what we really think.

Enjoy a highly insightful, sometimes shocking and incredibly amusing afternoon as Seth explores how Google searches open an unprecedented window into human behaviour, choice, and decision-making—after all, we offer up 8 trillion GBs of data every day.

As part of James Street’s RESORT ‘17 program, former Google scientist, author and New York Times Opinion Editor Seth Stephens-Davidowitz will make his very first presentation in Australia.

WHAT GOOGLE CAN TELL US ABOUT WHO WE REALLY ARE is presented by WLTH in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse and Brisbane Times.


Eye-opening ... demystifies cultural buzzwords and debunks popular ideas, all while showing us a really good time.

Apple, Best Books of May

…A whirlwind tour of the modern human psyche using search data as its guide ... The empirical findings in Everybody Lies are so intriguing that the book would be a page-turner even if it were structured as a mere laundry list. But Mr Stephens-Davidowitz also puts forward a deft argument: the web will revolutionise social science just as the microscope and telescope transformed the natural sciences.

The Economist

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Seth Stephens-Davidowitz has used the Internet to find ground-breaking insights into advertising, sports, sexuality, health, and many other aspects of 21st century life. His new book, Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are, summarizes this research, arguing that much of what we thought from traditional offline data sources has been dead wrong.

The book includes a foreword from Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker, who argues that Stephens-Davidowitz’s work “is about a whole new way of studying the mind,” includes discoveries that “turned upside-down” his understanding of human beings, and “points to a new path for social science in the 21st century.”

Stephens-Davidowitz is a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times and a visiting lecturer at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has developed a course about his research. A direct, succinct, and frequently humorous writer and speaker, he’s presented his original research using big data as engaging lectures, scientific manuscripts, and popular data journalism. He has a PhD in economics from Harvard and BA in Philosophy, Phi Beta Kappa, from Stanford.


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