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You’re Such A Liar! July 27, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Happiness, Humor, People.

Turns out that scientists (with actual credentials) have discovered that we’re all liars.

It’s part of being human:

Researchers speculate that lying as a behavior arose not long after the emergence of language. The ability to manipulate others without using physical force likely conferred an advantage in the competition for resources and mates, akin to the evolution of deceptive strategies in the animal kingdom, such as camouflage. “Lying is so easy compared to other ways of gaining power,” notes Sissela Bok, an ethicist at Harvard University who’s one of the most prominent thinkers on the subject. “It’s much easier to lie in order to get somebody’s money or wealth than to hit them over the head or rob a bank.”

Most people lie every day.

More than once.

We lie to protect our imaginary and fragile reputations (think Trump), to protect the feelings of others, to convince our kids that Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy exist, to get jobs, to win games, to influence people, to get our kids to eat their vegetables, etc.

Sometimes we even lie to ourselves.

To read more:

Why We Lie: The Science Behind Our Deceptive Ways (Honesty may be the best policy, but scheming and dishonesty are part of what makes us human).

For an amusing look at what life was like BEFORE the invention of lying, check out The Invention of Lying:

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. Val Boyko - July 27, 2017

Love the movie trailer Nancy! It brings it right home 😆

nrhatch - July 27, 2017

Fabulous movie!

2. Kate Crimmins - July 27, 2017

Lying is a funny thing. When you tell a lie to “protect” someone, you lie to yourself by saying it’s the right thing to do. However, we all do it. Can’t imagine telling anyone they look fat in those pants.

nrhatch - July 27, 2017

Sometimes when asked, I reply “Honest answer?” . . . if they say “yes,” I let ’em have the “unvarnished truth.”

Honesty is not always appreciated. 😀

Kate Crimmins - July 27, 2017

I have no guts to tell someone (even if they want to know) that their butt is too big. I usually slither with things like, “that style doesn’t seem to be as attractive for you as others.” Or some other milk toast thing. No, honesty isn’t always appreciated.

nrhatch - July 28, 2017

OK. I’ll varnish the truth a little to keep the peace!

3. L. Marie - July 27, 2017

I’ve never seen that trailer before! And the movie came out eight years ago! Wow!

I remember my parents telling us about Santa Claus. I also remember being disappointed and betrayed when I found out the truth.

nrhatch - July 27, 2017

It’s a fabulous movie, LM! Funny and thought provoking.

When I realized that “Santa” would not stop by our house once my younger sister got wind of the “charade,” I encouraged her to “pretend” to B~E~L~I~E~V~E. 😀

4. Tippy Gnu - July 27, 2017

No need to watch the movie. I read the book. You believe me, right?

nrhatch - July 27, 2017

Of course . . . {wink} {wink} {nudge} {nudge}.

5. Jill Weatherholt - July 27, 2017

How did I miss that movie? It looks hilarious!

nrhatch - July 27, 2017

The movie is fantastic! Enjoy!

6. Ally Bean - July 27, 2017

The movie looks like fun. Not lying.

nrhatch - July 28, 2017

It’s entertaining and thought-provoking!

7. William D'Andrea - July 27, 2017

Here’s a question. The Commandment doesn’t say, “Never lie.” What it says is, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.”
That means don’t lie to harm somebody. That could obviously get you in very serious trouble.
On the other hand, it doesn’t say that it’s all right to lie to help him; but that can also get you in very serious trouble.
Sometimes the best way to stay out of trouble is to just keep your mouth shut.

nrhatch - July 28, 2017

Silence is the better part of valor, eh?

8. Eric Alagan - July 28, 2017

I wonder whether those scientists were lying 🙂

nrhatch - July 28, 2017

Haha! Good point, Eric.

9. roughwighting - July 28, 2017

Interesting perspective – lying and manipulation are better than ‘duking it out’ in the old days. Hmmm, I get that. I remember being told ‘fibbing’ isn’t as bad as lying. HA!

nrhatch - July 28, 2017

Case in point ~> the Middle Ages were filled with political intrigue, master manipulators, and machinations.

If fibbing isn’t as bad as lying, we could also have varying gradients for scheming, schemes, plotting, plots, intrigues, conspiracies, ruses, tricks, wiles, stratagems, tactics, maneuvering. 😀

10. Debra - July 30, 2017

That’s a movie I’d like to see! I think to press the point that we all lie is that my first thought was “I don’t.” Until you began citing examples…I guess I do! LOL!

nrhatch - July 30, 2017

The movie is such a fun look at people to people interactions since you get to see how different life would be if EVERYONE told the truth ALL THE TIME.

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