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Admit it: You've lied. You told a friend that his shirt looked stylish when you actually thought it was tacky and garish. Or maybe you said to your boss that her presentations were fascinating when in fact they were insipidly mindless. Or perhaps you told your landlord that the rent check was in the mail.
Don't feel bad. You're in good, dishonest company. A growing body of research shows that people lie constantly, that deception is pervasive in everyday life. One study found that people tell two to three lies every 10 minutes, and even conservative estimates indicate that we lie at least once a day. Such incessant prevarication might be a necessary social evil, and researchers have recently discovered that some fibbing might actually be good for you. "We use lies to grease the wheels of social discourse," says University of Massachusetts psychologist Robert Feldman. "It's socially useful to tell...
State-run education has a built-in conflict of interest with state-sponsored gambling, which funds schools. Why would they teach students economics, statistics, or common sense when their very existence would dry up if people saw gambling for what it was?
Anyhow, the bottom line is, if someone will lie about the small things, they'll lie about the big things, too.
Quite right, S.J. John! If people are going to become politicians they should also have to take ethic courses when they go to college or a remedial course when they go to college. A sermon about one ancient "politician"
Gil Rugh said or, wrote: .... 1. We must be careful of idle time. 2. We must guard against the pattern of sin. 3. Covering one sin leads to another. 4. Sin brings ruin and death. 5. Sin makes us hard and selfish. 6. Sin is always committed before the eyes of the Lord
Perhaps illogical reasoning serves a useful social purpose, too!
"researchers found that college students who exaggerated their GPA in interviews later showed improvement in their grades." - post hoc, ergo propter hoc fallacy. And this has no bearing on the morality of lying.
"Positive biases about the self can be beneficial" - depends upon one's definition of "beneficial," which in this case, seems to be material gain or good feeling. Watch out for such unstated premises in articles like this.
"But you can't stop lies entirely. Society would grind to a halt" - an unsubstantiated assertion. And I would like to see anyone try to verify it.