Feb 4, 2014
Why do we lie to ourselves?

From the NSA scandal to the ‘white lies’ people often tell themselves, the world seems riddled with more deceit than ever. We sat down with acclaimed behavioural economist Dan Ariely to learn more about the driving forces behind dishonesty.

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According to Edward Snowden, the American government has spent years surreptitiously working with some of the biggest brands in the world to steal everybody’s data. Meanwhile, the entertainment industry suffers at the hands of illegal downloads, journalists shamelessly invade the privacy of celebrities through phone hacking, and if what’s documented in Blackfish is true, Seaworld is lying to us about killer whales with a taste for human blood. It seems that the world is riddled with more lies and deceit than ever before – yet we do little more than sit back and observe the carnage.