The author does rail against the anti-intellectualism of the modern world. In particular, he detests the dishonesty of modern academia, which he accuses of preferring theory over practice. And that practice should embrace the inherent variation of the modern world.
My favourite quote is: 'The fooled-by-data effect is accelerating. There is a nasty phenomenon called "Big Data" in which researchers have brought cherry-picking to an industrial level. Modernity provides too many variables (but too little data per variable), and the spurious relationships grow much, much faster than real information, as noise is convex and information is concave.'
This book is definitely confronting. But it is well-written and should be accessible to the general reader.