What Science Tells Us about Why We Lie

This month’s Scientific American’s Skeptic dealt with the question of: When are we most (and least) likely to lie?

For that purpose Michael Shermer cited Geico insurance’s ad, showing Mary Lincoln asking her husband, “Does this dress make my backside look big?” Honest Abe squirms and shifts, then hesitates and, while holding his thumb and forefinger an inch apart, finally mutters, “Perhaps a bit,” causing his wife to spin on her heels and exit in a huff.

The rest of the article, is a fascinating in-depth look into the mechanism of lying, a great read.

A link to the full article, here.

Abraham Lincoln unlucky day - line

Abraham Lincoln unlucky day – line

Abraham Lincoln unlucky day - AW

Abraham Lincoln unlucky day – AW

 

 

 

 

 

 

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