liar! liar! pants on fire!

I’ve started reading The Honest Truth about Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone, Especially Ourselves┬áby Dan Ariely, a behavioral economist.

I’m only a chapter or so into the book, but I’m very intrigued by some of the studies that Ariely describes. ┬áSome say that behavioral economists are “annoying” (I won’t say who used this word) because they talk as if they’ve figured out the human condition (and I guess sometimes they do), but I find Ariely’s work interesting – at the least, it gives us something to think about when we consider how dishonesty works in our lives.

You can listen to a recent episode of the Diane Rehm Show on NPR that featured Ariely and his book – it’s a great introduction to the book and the issues he raises.

Here’s Ariely on TED in which he talks about “Our buggy moral code”:

Here’s another one from Ariely on “irrational behavior”:

So – won’t you read The Honest Truth About Dishonesty with me so we can talk about honesty and dishonesty?