I’ve started reading The Honest Truth about Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone, Especially Ourselves by 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. Some 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?