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how to spot a liar

October 17, 2011

If you’re a liar, now, I know when you´re lying. I’ve just learned how to do it thanks to the last lecture I’ve watched at the great series of TED|Talks.

On this speech it´s possible to understand, and reflect on, the relevance of deception in today’s world and how it works in our daily life. Pamela Meyer doesn’t show you how to lie, but how to spot the ones who do it; what their mistake sare , which statistics are behind a simple fib, who are the ones who lie the most, when this happens, which are the hotspots of deception, the body language of liars and what are the “reasons” behind it. Thanks to science and new technologies she gives proven techniques to detect deception, and it gets funny, while worrying, discovering how close that happens to us, on the public domain and specially around politics.

In the end she challenges everyone to learn from those techniques to achieve an honest world in a moment when, despite new technologies make it easier to spot liars, the reality is getting noisier. Here, in a country where the picaresque is not only a literature genre, but an art, we should push ourselves to learn those techniques, without forgetting that, from time to time, it’s good to know when to use a white lie.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. marisadedios permalink*
    October 17, 2011 5:37 pm

    Very interesting video. Still, I think I’ll keep finding it difficult to spot a liar. Not very good at guessing from people’s eyes etc. It’s more my intuition that helps me.

  2. Xelo permalink
    October 17, 2011 7:54 pm

    Some liars are true professionals. They believe their own lies. I think it is very difficult to unmask them.

  3. franeoivlc permalink
    October 17, 2011 10:56 pm

    That’s a good post, and she’s an excellent lecturer… I’m really interested on this topic, I recommend you an interesting documentary about body language, specially in politicians, made by History Channel…

  4. October 19, 2011 9:21 am

    If you are interted on this topics, how to spot a liar and the body language, I recomend you read more about Neuro-linguistic programming (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuro-linguistic_programming) so you can learn, for instance, how the eyes movement give us information about the information given for the speaker

  5. Lorena Gallego permalink
    October 19, 2011 5:00 pm

    Amazing topic… but I’m absolutely incapable of guessing who is telling the truth and who’s not.

    Have you ever seen this series from Fox (“Lie to me”)? I haven’t but seems quite interesting, isn’t it? Could anybody tell me anything about it?

    Here I let you the trailer:

  6. LOLES JORRO permalink
    October 19, 2011 8:24 pm

    I don’t understand all she says, but she is so good speaker that I pay all attention to her until the end. It’s very interesting. And thank you for the web of ted/talks.

  7. jesarqit permalink
    October 20, 2011 12:59 am

    Thanks! The body language documentary seems really “profitable” and the serial “lie to me”, could a funny way to learn more about Neuro-linguistic programming.

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