August 8, 2021

[GROOVING SESSION] Are You More Honest with Google or Your Friends? With Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

This follow-up episode is a free-flowing Grooving Session where Tim and Kurt chat about their discussion with Seth Stephens-Davidowitz (Episode 246). You’re more than welcome to listen to this as a stand alone episode, but we recommend first tuning in to our interview with Seth, and then joining us here for some banter about Seth’s work. 

Questions we discuss: 

  • Are we more likely to be untruthful in certain contexts? 
  • Is lying a useful delusion? 
  • Can we ever justify lies? 
  • How do the connections we make with others affect our relationships and our children? 
  • Does where we are born really influence us the rest of our lives? 
  • What traits should we definitely look for when dating?
  • How is our brain influenced by music?

Tim and Kurt chat about these questions and more in this Grooving Session, which follows on from our interview episode with Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, author of bestselling book Everybody Lies (

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Grooving Session Links

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz: 

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz “Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are 

Episode 222: How Delusions Can Actually Be Useful: Shankar Vedantam Reveals How

Episode 110: Steve Martin and Joe Marks: The Messenger is the Message:

Episode 240: Why Good, Honest Employees Really Do Steal With Kelly Paxton:

Dr Melody S. Goodman, PhD “Zip code better predictor of health than genetic code”: 

Episode 244: Does Money Really Make You Happy? The Research with Johannes Haushofer:  

Episode 230: How Good People Fight Bias with Dolly Chugh:

Episode 220: How Do You Become Influential? Jon Levy Reveals His Surprising Secrets:

Behavioral Grooves musical links for all of our guests: 

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