Understanding sarcasm is related to the ability to recognize the thoughts and emotions of others, to empathize and to consider two things being simultaneously true.
It turns out liars and truth-tellers behave very differently when questioned.
Lying can be more than just telling a few fibs. It can also be used to communicate social status and make a person appear loyal to a particular group.
Because dramatic tension fuels attention, Trump’s words work to generate tension, anxiety and conflict. We need to react with civility, care and calm to undo the cycle of attention and persuasion.
Understanding the distinction between bullshit and lying is essential. We can reveal a lie by uncovering the truth, but dealing effectively with bullshit is more complicated.
The UK government is introducing polygraph tests for convicted terrorists on probation.
When a person or agency backed by the power and resources of the government tells a lie, it sometimes causes harm that only the government can inflict.
Ethology, social psychology and criminology can help us understand why humans lie and why scammer scam.
‘They might be a liar but at least they’re honest.’
From Boris Johnson to Donald Trump, a new breed of bullshitting politicians is flourishing.
What makes an action ‘good’ or ‘evil’? And are there situations under which lying for a job interview might be justified?
To tell a lie, a child must first understand that other people can have different beliefs and knowledge than they do, and that these beliefs can be false.
Why do even the rich cheat on their taxes? New research suggests some people may be genetically predisposed to break the rules for their own financial gain.
Online lies can often be easy to detect, by searching for images and phone numbers and exploring social media profiles. Some people lie anyway – and countless others take the bait.
Four out of five experts said no.
Any amateur politician can engage in lying. President Donald Trump is going further than that. He’s engaging in ‘post-truth’.
‘Everybody Lies’ author Seth Stephens-Davidowitz on why we tell the (sometimes disturbing) truth online.
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In this episode of Speaking with, author Seth Stephens-Davidowitz explains why humans lie to each other, but often tell the internet the truth.
It would be great to know for sure when someone is lying and when someone is telling the truth. But no technology that purports to do so is foolproof.
‘For Petrov and Boshirov the interview has very high stakes – and throughout the interview they both appear very anxious and uncomfortable.’
Researchers analyzed troves of messages sent between matches and found that the fibs people tell are usually rational ones that serve a purpose.