E499: OkCupid’s Christian Rudder & his master work “Dataclysm” reveal our uncensored, secret beliefs about race, gender & culture



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Christian Rudder, the Founder of dating site OKCupid, is on the show today to share secrets from his master work, “Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking).” The book, newly gracing many “Best of 2014” lists (including NPR’s and Brain Pickings’), is an absolute revelation, and the first of its kind. Mining data from tens of millions of users & interactions on OKCupid, and on other sites as well, Christian has uncovered a treasure trove of the secret beliefs, sweeping patterns, and surprising preferences around critical topics of our time: race, gender, beauty, sexuality, language, geography, and culture…and more. Jason and Christian dive deep into the data, debate its controversial conclusions and, after a brief “Dungeons & Dragons” detour, unpack the book’s most unflattering findings about how we think and behave — especially when we think no one is looking.

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