Most methods for detecting lies actually detect signs of stress – which makes them extremely unreliable.
In practice, adults don’t always value truth above all else.
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Kids need to learn when little lies are the right choice. But research suggests parents may not be clear in the messages they send about how they value the truth.
Rep. George Santos stands during the voting for speaker in the House chamber in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 5, 2023.
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Constituents’ willingness to overlook deception may depend, in part, on whether politicians lie well and with a good purpose.
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.
Stéphane Bourgoin fabricated his life story, including a murdered wife.
For a handful of French writers, the best fiction they wrote was their life story.
U.S. President Donald Trump has often been documented bullshitting. In a business setting, however, bullshitters can be harder to identify.
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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.
Post-truth questions the very nature of truth itself – that’s why it’s so dangerous.
The old joke says you can tell a politician is lying if his lips are moving.
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.
‘I want to produce such an impression of utter weariness and ennui that my readers will imagine the book could only have been written by a cretin,’ Flaubert wrote.
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Is a 19th-century French author’s cosmic joke turning into a real-life global nightmare?
Ethology, social psychology and criminology can help us understand why humans lie and why scammer scam.
‘I can’t believe I’m still here, either.’
‘They might be a liar but at least they’re honest.’
Deepfakes make it harder for us to communicate truths to one another and reach consensus on what is real.
We know that social media platforms have an incentive to promote whatever gets the most attention, regardless of its authenticity. We’re more reluctant to admit that the same is true of people.
U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller makes a statement on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, May 29, 2019.
What’s the role of someone who, like
Robert Mueller, speaks only facts in a tornado of partisan bombast? Is it a breath of fresh air or an abdication of responsibility to protect America’s interests?
They said it, but is it true?
Psychological phenomena like confirmation bias and the Dunning-Kruger effect make it easy for people to fall for deliberate or inadvertent lies in the news.
A sign behind Republican members of the committee during Michael Cohen’s testimony before a House Committee Wednesday.
Michael Cohen wants you to know that throwing your kid a ball doesn’t make you a Red Sox pitcher. So he told lies, he says, but that doesn’t make him a liar. A rhetoric scholar dissects his argument.
You should see the one that got away.
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.
Not giving offence is what Christmas is all about.
Does your body give away if you’re lying or not?
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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.
Lies can help a political campaign be successful.
While Donald Trump’s election may seem to US voters to present unprecedented questions of legitimacy, such questions were first asked more than a century ago, in an election that turned on bicycles.