The Truth About Lies

The Truth About Lies

MojibMojib   October 06, 2017  
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The Truth About Lies
The Truth About Lies
The Truth About Lies

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It's human nature to lie; we all do it! From scandalous headlines to little white lies, (Dis)Honesty - The Truth About Lies explores the complex impact dishonesty has on our lives and everyday society. Interweaving groundbreaking experiments from celebrated behavioral economist Dan Ariely with personal stories from individuals affected by the unraveling of their lies, Ariely and a team of scientists uncover our propensity to be dishonest-sometimes even unknowingly. What's revealed is a fascinating look at the forces behind our collective behavior and the many truths behind lies.

Our genial tour guide to the realm of deception, Dan Ariely, is an Israeli-born behavioral economist and author whose scientific experiments on the human impulse to bend the truth are conducted with the same jovial sense of mischief that John Oliver brings to the news. Paradoxically, his experiments involve deceiving the subjects.

For a movie about ethics that repeatedly emphasizes “morality,” “The Truth About Lies” doesn’t judge assorted miscreants who tell their tales of being caught lying and facing the consequences. Who would condemn Kelley Williams Bolar, a mother from Akron, Ohio, who used her parents’ home address to enroll her daughters in a better school district?
Mixing in explanations of Ariely’s findings — his methods range rigging vending machines to give money back and noting how many people call to report it broken (relatively few) to more rigorous tempting of undergrads — with talking head interviews with people who have been caught lying, everything circles around Ariely’s main thesis: it’s not so much that anyone, even the really big liars, are bad people, just that sometimes we all get in situations where we let our own moral codes lapse.

A common thread in these disparate tales is that lying is a slippery slope — as Ariely says; everyone practices “the fudge factor” to a degree, cutting truthful corners in ways that are generally minor and harmless. (An extreme example of the virtuous “white lie” is told by Israeli author Etgar Keret, who relates calming an hysterical woman on a very turbulent flight by claiming to be an aeronautics engineer, and hence certain that they were in no real danger.) But when there is no consequence to lying because “everybody does it,” a person in the right tempting circumstances can easily find themselves graduating from wee fibs to full-on criminal fraud.
This breezily entertaining film only briefly mentions the recent whoppers that have changed history and undermined public trust in the government and in financial institutions. Because the film doesn’t begin to explore the wider implications of that loss of trust, its findings don’t add up to more than a sardonic gloss on a provocative subject.

The film ends on a clear, hopeful note despite its sobering message. Ariely’s team found that cheating almost disappeared when they reminded participants of their own morality by having them sign an honor code or write down the Ten Commandments. Some schools have already put these findings into practice by requiring students to sign honor codes before taking exams. Because Ariely’s team also concluded that most people are dishonest to similar extents and react similarly to various situations, their findings are widely applicable and may help move us towards a more honest global society.

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