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Friday, March 28, 2014

Group 301/401 (Evening): How to Spot a Liar





Here for your review is the video we discussed last Wednesday. Thanks for the lively conversation. Here are some of the questions we worked on:
  1. What is the basic proposition with which Meyer begins her lecture?
  2. Meyer advises: «If you don't want to be deceived, you have to know...» what?
  3. In considering why people lie, what is one of the differences between men and women?
  4. Do married couples lie to each other more or less often than unmarried pairs?
  5. Meyer says, «By the time we enter this work world and we're breadwinners, we enter a world that is just cluttered with spam, fake digital friends, partisan media, ingenious identity thieves, world-class Ponzi schemers, a deception epidemic--in short, what one author calls a post-truth society.» Have you had personal experience with examples of any of these? Which?
  6. What is a «non-contracted denial»?
  7. What example of «distancing language» did Meyer cite?
  8. What is different about the way a lying person smiles?
  9. Why do trained interrogators ask people to repeat their stories and tell them backwards?
  10. What is «duping delight»?
  11. Why is contempt worse or more dangerous than anger?
  12. Meyer cites the saying, «Character is who you are in the dark.» What does she mean by that?
  13. Meyer ends by saying, «When you combine the science of recognizing deception with the art of looking, listening, you exempt yourself from...» What are you actually saying «no» to?

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