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The Art of Deception: Lies, Laughter, and Michael Jackson as Auntie

The Societal Hammer and the Dance of Lies

By Shelby AndersonPublished 4 months ago 3 min read
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The Art of Deception: Lies, Laughter, and Michael Jackson as Auntie
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Hey there, fellow truth-twisters! It's that time again for a riveting round of two truths and a lie, brought to you by yours truly. Buckle up, because I've got some wild tales that will make you question reality.

Number one on the honesty hit parade: I've got a magical machine at home that turns regular water into carbonated bliss. Move over, soda stream, my kitchen is poppin' literally! Next up, I confess, I'm tragically terrible at the card game Set. Seriously, if there were a Set Olympics, I'd be the reigning champion of losing. And now, brace yourselves, claim number three: Michael Jackson is my long-lost aunt. Drumroll, please!

Lying! We do it a lot, and we're a lot better at it than you'd like to think. Like, I'm not stupid; I could totally have made up a better lie than Michael Jackson is my aunt. But check it out, the fact that I appeared to be terrible at lying was, in fact... a lie.

In a world where deception is as common as coffee stains on Monday mornings, why do we humans spin webs of untruths? It turns out, we're not the only ones with a knack for fabrication. Enter Koko the gorilla, who once blamed her pet kitten for wreaking havoc in her room. Bad, bad All Ball. Nature's got its liars too.

Fast forward to us, the evolved beings with ginormous brains. We're social animals, and success in our lives often hinges on smooth social interactions. That's where lying, the art of weaving a social tapestry with a sprinkle of deception, comes into play. After all, who wants to befriend the person saying, "Your loin cloth does make your butt look big"?

But hold on, as societies evolved, rampant lying became a bit too much. Enter the societal hammer – religious systems started preaching about divine rewards for truthfulness and divine wrath for liars. Medieval European judicial systems threw liars into ponds with sacks of hammers, because why not? Today, we even have laws restricting lying in courts or about military honors. So, folks, lying is a big no-no, despite its evolutionary roots.

Now, let's talk about the fascinating world of lying to oneself. From fake baby cries to college confessions, we start early and we get good. But here's the kicker – pathological liars, those compulsive fabricators, have brains wired a bit differently. They're masters of self-deception, holding conflicting information with ease. Picture it like a superhero power, but with a downside – they're also 14% short on critical thinking, making their relationships and jobs as stable as a Jenga tower in an earthquake.

And how do we mere mortals detect these master liars? Well, the truth often leaks out, like a sneaky cat burglar caught by an overly caffeinated security guard. "Believe me," "to be totally honest," or the classic "in all candour" – these phrases scream, "I'm lying!" Formal language and distancing techniques also give away the game. Our bodies play along too, freezing upper bodies and making suspiciously prolonged eye contact.

As we march into the future of deception detection, law enforcement is gearing up to read criminals like open books. Forget the old lie detectors; we're talking eye trackers, MRI brain scanners, and who knows, maybe a psychic parrot or two. So, as we wrap up this rollercoaster of lies and laughter, remember, I might be a terrible liar, or am I? Cue suspenseful music. Preeetty sure we all know how that's going to turn out. Yeah, you're right. I'm a terrible liar. Or am I?

And that's a wrap, folks! Stay skeptical, stay truthful, and never trust a gorilla blaming its kitten for a plumbing disaster. Until next time, keep it real!

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  • Shirley Belk14 days ago

    So much truth in this story!!! Loved it

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