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Bursts - The Hidden Pattern Behind Everything We Do

Albert-Laszlo Barabasi

A revolutionary new theory showing how we can predict human behavior-from a radical genius and bestselling author Can we scientifically predict our future? Scientists and pseudo scientists have been pursuing this mystery for hundreds and perhaps thousands of years. But now, astonishing new research is revealing patterns in human behavior previously thought to be purely random. Precise, orderly, predictable patterns... Albert Laszlo Barabasi, already the world's preeminent researcher on the science of networks, describes his work on this profound mystery in Bursts, a stunningly original investigation into human nature. His approach relies on the digital reality of our world, from mobile phones to the Internet and email, because it has turned society into a huge research laboratory. All those electronic trails of time stamped texts, voicemails, and internet searches add up to a previously unavailable massive data set of statistics that track our movements, our decisions, our lives. Analysis of these trails is offering deep insights into the rhythm of how we do everything. His finding? We work and fight and play in short flourishes of activity followed by next to nothing. The pattern isn't random, it's "bursty." Randomness does not rule our lives in the way scientists have assumed up until now. Illustrating this revolutionary science, Barabasi artfully weaves together the story of a 16th century burst of human activity-a bloody medieval crusade launched in his homeland, Transylvania-with the modern tale of a contemporary artist hunted by the FBI through our post 9/11 surveillance society. These narratives illustrate how predicting human behavior has long been the obsession, sometimes the duty, of those in power. Barabási's astonishingly wide range of examples from seemingly unrelated areas include how dollar bills move around the U.S., the pattern everyone follows in writing email, the spread of epidemics, and even the flight patterns of albatross. In all these phenomena a virtually identical, mathematically desc

A revolutionary new theory showing how we can predict human behavior-from a radical genius and bestselling author Can we scientifically predict our future? Scientists and pseudo scientists have been pursuing this mystery for hundreds and perhaps thousands of years. But now, astonishing new research is revealing patterns in human behavior previously thought to be purely random. Precise, orderly, predictable patterns... Albert Laszlo Barabasi, already the world's preeminent researcher on the science of networks, describes his work on this profound mystery in Bursts, a stunningly original investigation into human nature. His approach relies on the digital reality of our world, from mobile phones to the Internet and email, because it has turned society into a huge research laboratory. All those electronic trails of time stamped texts, voicemails, and internet searches add up to a previously unavailable massive data set of statistics that track our movements, our decisions, our lives. Analysis of these trails is offering deep insights into the rhythm of how we do everything. His finding? We work and fight and play in short flourishes of activity followed by next to nothing. The pattern isn't random, it's "bursty." Randomness does not rule our lives in the way scientists have assumed up until now. Illustrating this revolutionary science, Barabasi artfully weaves together the story of a 16th century burst of human activity-a bloody medieval crusade launched in his homeland, Transylvania-with the modern tale of a contemporary artist hunted by the FBI through our post 9/11 surveillance society. These narratives illustrate how predicting human behavior has long been the obsession, sometimes the duty, of those in power. Barabási's astonishingly wide range of examples from seemingly unrelated areas include how dollar bills move around the U.S., the pattern everyone follows in writing email, the spread of epidemics, and even the flight patterns of albatross. In all these phenomena a virtually identical, mathematically desc
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Psychology

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A revolutionary new theory showing how we can predict human behavior-from a radical genius and bestselling author Can we scientifically predict our future? Scientists and pseudo scientists have been pursuing this mystery for hundreds and perhaps thousands of years. But now, astonishing new research is revealing patterns in human behavior previously thought to be purely random. Precise, orderly, predictable patterns... Albert Laszlo Barabasi, already the world's preeminent researcher on the science of networks, describes his work on this profound mystery in Bursts, a stunningly original investigation into human nature. His approach relies on the digital reality of our world, from mobile phones to the Internet and email, because it has turned society into a huge research laboratory. All those electronic trails of time stamped texts, voicemails, and internet searches add up to a previously unavailable massive data set of statistics that track our movements, our decisions, our lives. Analysis of these trails is offering deep insights into the rhythm of how we do everything. His finding? We work and fight and play in short flourishes of activity followed by next to nothing. The pattern isn't random, it's "bursty." Randomness does not rule our lives in the way scientists have assumed up until now. Illustrating this revolutionary science, Barabasi artfully weaves together the story of a 16th century burst of human activity-a bloody medieval crusade launched in his homeland, Transylvania-with the modern tale of a contemporary artist hunted by the FBI through our post 9/11 surveillance society. These narratives illustrate how predicting human behavior has long been the obsession, sometimes the duty, of those in power. Barabási's astonishingly wide range of examples from seemingly unrelated areas include how dollar bills move around the U.S., the pattern everyone follows in writing email, the spread of epidemics, and even the flight patterns of albatross. In all these phenomena a virtually identical, mathematically desc

Language:

English

Narrators:

Richard McGonagle

Length:

9h 53m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:16


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:45


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:14


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

09:35


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:31


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:54


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:49


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:45


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:23


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:51


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:48


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:28


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:17


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:29


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:36


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:13


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:45


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:55


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:11


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:23


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:21


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:11


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:52


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:09


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:26


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:57


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:13


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:53


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:52


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:43


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:07


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:29


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

09:00


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:44


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:14


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:37


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:01


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:31


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:21


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:34


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:18


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:43


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:29


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:06


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:58


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:58


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:10


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:40


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:40


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:58


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:56


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:05


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:07


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:56


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:03


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:25


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:06


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:20


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:18


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:20


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:14


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:37


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:06


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:46


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:21


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:09


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:06


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:27


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:22


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:23


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:13


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:35


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:26


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:46


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

08:33


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:41


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:41


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:25


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:47


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:43


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:38


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:43


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:31


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:29


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:13


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:28


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

00:36