It’s the truth. We all tell lies. And we’re all lied to. Politicians try to bribe us with promises built on spending OUR money. False prophets hawk miracle cures. Celebutantes persuade the gullible that their product can make someone slimmer or more popular or grow thick lustrous hair. Even Dr. Oz got caught out shilling ‘miracle’ pills. The problem is that so many of the poor folks who listen in rapt attention believe that this herb or that root will improve their lives. Sad, but true. We believe because we want to believe. We’re all looking for hope. But most of what we’re told is bogus or untested.
On any given day we’re lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lie can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shows the manners and “hotspots” used by those trained to recognize deception — and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.
Pamela Meyer thinks we’re facing a pandemic of deception, but she’s arming people with tools that can help take back the truth.