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The honest truth about dishonesty

irst I want to thank Elena for doing the work and finding this new location! It's right off the highway with lots of free parking. Hopefully it will work and we can start meeting regularly again.

Our first book of 2013 will be Dan Ariely's fantastic book called "The (honest) truth about dishonesty: How we lie to everyone -- especially ourselves." It may be a little slow at the beginning, but hang in there, there are some real gems in this book.

http://www.amazon.com/Honest-Truth-About-Dishonesty-Everyone---Especially/dp/0062183591/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357864589&sr=1-1&keywords=the+honest+truth+about+dishonesty

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Behavioral economist Dan Ariely is a funny guy on a mission. As director of theCenter for Advanced Hindsight, he insists on a commitment to absurdity, but there is nothing cynical about his approach to human behavior.

In his previous book, “Predictably Irrational,” Ariely exposed our false assumptions about the rationality of markets and individuals with plenty of surprising and humorous examples. Our irrationality may be very predictable, but our ability to forecast this behavior doesn’t alter the conditions that give rise to it. Recognizing this, he adopts his paradoxical mission: to design better economic and social institutions to protect us from our confident pursuit of rational economic and social institutions.

In “The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty,” Ariely applies his experimental approach to how we “lie to everyone — especially ourselves.” The book discusses the powerful ways irrationality affects our lives, and it begins with a critique of those who think dishonesty is a result of a rational cost-benefit calculation. In a series of experiments, Ariely neatly shows that neither the size of the reward nor the probability of getting caught substantially affects the likelihood of dishonest behavior. The cost-benefit framework for understanding cheating just doesn’t pay off.

Whole review at:

http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2012-08-10/opinions/35491381_1_behavior-book-review-severe-burns

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  • Elena

    Great time had by all but I agree, the venue was louder than expected - if only we all had the booming voice of a late night TV evangelist! Fear not, we will continue looking until we find a place to call "home" for our little book club! Unfortunately I will not be there the 30th but I will be setting it up for you all. You should have a very quiet upstairs retreat where hopefully you can all whisper to one another :-) If this place turns out to be a dud as well, Fred is already looking into another alternative in Brickell! Have a great week everyone!

    February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What? I cant hear you... ha. Seriously though I had a great time!

    February 16, 2013

  • Hilary

    Good book choice, great company. Location was ok, but maybe a quieter spot would work better for the future.

    February 16, 2013

  • Aislinn Q.

    Group great as always, intelligent and personable conversation - I always learn something! Food good, but venue loud - hard to hear each other...

    February 16, 2013

  • Marcy

    OK so how was it?

    February 16, 2013

    • Sue

      What I could hear was fun and interesting - I just wish I could have heard more people's comments, ideas and input.

      February 16, 2013

  • Sue

    Good to be back and to see new and old friends. I've missed our Saturday monthly meetings. Unfortunately, most of the discussions were inaudible.

    February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good location...on a bus line! ;-) I look forward to attending the book club again!

    January 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm in!!!

    January 21, 2013

  • Sue

    The menu you looks fantastic - something there for everyone. Choices, choices, choices . . . .

    I've missed the bookclub - thank you Elena & Tara for starting it up again.

    January 17, 2013

  • Rafael

    I'm listening to the Audio Book on my hour plus daily commute. Very interesting.

    January 15, 2013

  • Marcy

    Sorry I won't be there, but SO glad you guys found a place -thanks so much Elena!

    January 12, 2013

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