Two Fish, Two Boys and A Lie: The Science of Deception

Jun 15, 2012
Originally published on October 16, 2012 2:19 pm

Last night, NPR Science Desk Correspondents Jon Hamilton, Alix Spiegel and Shankar Vedantam were live on stage at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., to tell a story about a fish. Two fish, actually. And the two boys who lied about catching those fish.

In front of a full house, Jon, Alix and Shankar dissected the fish lie--as well as the lies we all tell--from the perspective of the latest research in neuroscience, sociology and psychology. Each angle provided a unique perspective about deception and even self-deception.

One of the more interesting conclusions reached over the course of the evening? Lying just might come more naturally to us than telling the truth.

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