At 2PM on March 6th, behavioral economist Dan Ariely will be giving a talk at Wash U titled "The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone - Especially Ourselves". I have read his book by the same name, and went to his talk when he was in town last year. I enjoyed both, and learned a lot about what current research has to say about dishonesty. I recommend checking it out if you can.
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Despite our best intentions, why do we fail to act in our own best interests? Why do we eat that chocolate cake? Overvalue what we have a vested interest in? Puff up our resume? Lie, cheat and steal? According to behavioral economist Dan Ariely, there are unseen forces at work that are constantly influencing human behavior. Through his best-selling books, beginning with Predictably Irrational, and his popular presentations on the TED website, Ariely is dedicated to helping us live more sensible - if not rational - lives. His interests span a wide range of behaviors and his results often fly in the face of conventional wisdom.
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