By Gerry Murray. 22-11-2020
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“Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them.”
~ Bertrand Russell
I’m a huge fan of the work of Psychology and Behavioural Economics Professor, Dan Ariely and I highly recommend his seminal book Predictably Irrational. Not only is it informative but its quite entertaining too!
This past week he was interviewed on Christiane Amanpour's show, whose programme my wife likes a lot. This could also be attributed to the fact that Christiane and I share the same birth date! Or perhaps it’s our mature, but exceedingly good looks! Who knows?!
Anyway, I thought that you might be curious to get Ariely's take on why so many people in our western societies seem to have become comfortable with overt lying and dishonesty in general.
In the past, I’ve covered the basis of his explanation in this weekly post and it's quite consistent with my recent posts on models and maps of the world. It might help us all appreciate, but not necessarily agree with, those who appear to find lying acceptable behaviour. The part about lying starts at 12:45 and that’s the truth!
Watch the video by clicking here
The added bonus is that in the early part of this interview with Hari Sreenivasan he also explains why people are struggling with the coronavirus pandemic and how when a part of society does not follow the lockdown restrictions the entire effort falls over. He proposes a logical solution that would eradicate the virus altogether within one month!
He also has some sound advice for President-elect Joe Biden on how he might be able to reunite the US, might being the operative word!
And, he ends on an optimistic note!
What does a liar do after he dies?
He lies still.
The problem with political jokes is that they tend to get elected.
What do you call a dishonest ruler?
The Lyin’ King.
Posted on the eve of April Fools Day…
Just remember that tomorrow you need to be cautious of many tweets and news reports because most of them will be lies and simply there to try and trick you. Believe nothing, and trust no one.
Just treat it like it's any other day.