We've all heard the common adage "Honesty is the best policy," but when it comes to actually living it, we tend to fall short of this ideal. We fudge resumes, we weasel our way out of speeding tickets, we Photoshop unflattering pictures of ourselves on dating sites. We tell our partners, "Of course those sandals don't make your toes look fat!" Etc. Lying, in some respects, is a means of self-preservation in our increasingly public and demanding world. Behavioral economist and popular TED Talk presenter Dan Ariely knows this all too well. In tonight's talk, The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty, based on his book by the same name, Ariely highlights the contradictory, yet all too human, behaviors that lead us to fib -- from extramarital affairs to Ponzi schemes to illegally downloading those precious Mad Men episodes. Ariely's unique insight and adept research skills promise to shed light on the fascinating misbehaviors that affect us every day. We swear you'll have a good time. Cross our hearts.
Wed., Aug. 22, 8 p.m., 2012