The Truth About Dishonesty

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The Truth About Dishonesty

Cognitive and TED collaboration

About the speaker

Ray Laurence

Dan Ariely holds doctorates in both Cognitive Psychology and Business Administration, leaving him perfectly placed to understand how human frailties could wreck even the most elegant economic theory. He is a best selling author and the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University.

 
The big issue

People want to be able to look themselves in the mirror and know that they’re basically honest, but on the other hand they’d like to benefit from a little dishonesty. In this fun scientific romp through human frailty, Dan Ariely looks at how honest people can rationalize moments of dishonesty and how that flexibility of cognitive psychology can lead to catastrophes such as the sub-prime mortgage disaster. 

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The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone--Especially Ourselves

What makes us cheat and what keeps us honest? Can a reminder of the Ten Commandments make even an atheist a little more honest? Why does stealing a dime from petty cash feel more dishonest that walking off with an office pencil? Dan Ariely brings his razor sharp intellect and writing style to the field of human honesty. Backed by original experiments and research, he sheds new light on how honest we really are.

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