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The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone--Especially Ourselves - Dan Ariely On display in the new nonfiction, and I recognized the author's name. I've got four of his titles on my List, but I haven't actually read anything by him yet. We'll see.***Ariely covers his research into cheating and lying, as well as the research of others in the field. As I noted in my update, House is right: everybody lies. The good news is that most people lie and cheat at a low level, just a little, not so much to destroy our vision of ourselves as good people. We're more likely to cheat when we know we can get away with it, and when people like us are cheating too. We're less likely to cheat when it would be taking advantage of a specific blind person, or when it would mean overt and obvious action.For people interested in improving the way their business or organization works (education and banking are mentioned, the Wall Street collapse is considered) there is some good advice about ways to decrease the incentives and remind people that we want to be good. Interesting stuff. I'm fascinated by the idea that we're none of us as good as we'd like to believe, but most of us aren't really that bad, either. Philosophically, I'm particularly drawn to the idea that secular resets can serve the same purpose as religious confession, allowing us to start over with a clean conscience. I wish there had been a larger section devoted to this idea. Ah, well, maybe the next book.Library copy