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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:44 PM
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Lie to me....(Scientific American Mind)
I know it's on Fox, but it actually looks interesting..

Note, this story will appear in the February/March 2009 issue of Scientific American MIND and has been made available early due to tonight's series premier of Lie To Me.

Lie to Me
FOX, Wednesdays at 9 P.M. EST
If you see this microexpression in your spouses face, your marriage is coming to an end, announces Dr. Cal Lightman to a room full of skeptical FBI agents as they watch a recording of a neo-Nazi skinhead accused of planning arson. Lightman, played by Tim Roth in the new TV series Lie to Me, has seen something in the convicts face the rest of us might miss, a snarl that flashes by in a split second, called a microexpression. When he freezes the video, the agents and the television audience can recognize the fleeting grimace of anger and scorn.

Lightmans abilities to read faces and solve crimes are based on the real-life work of the fields pioneer, psychologist Paul Ekman, professor emeritus at the University of California, San Francisco. The big difference between us is that hes pretty cocky, and Im not, Ekman says. Lightman tells people what he sees even when he hasnt been asked. I wouldnt want him as my friend. But if Ekmans skills are as impressive as his alter egos, he has every right to boast. According to Ekman, his research techniques can detect lies in real life situations better than polygraph tests can. On the show, not only can Lightman tell when someone is fibbing, he can determine why.

As Lie to Mes scientific adviser, Ekman comments on each script. He says he is pleased with the evidence-based story lines, such as when images flash on-screen of Saddam Hussein, Bill Clinton, former New York governor Eliot Spitzer and other recognizable mugs caught in compromising contortions. For the rest of us, the series provides lessons seamlessly written into each plot on how to tell if someone is prevaricating. Some of these clues you can learn easily, Ekman promises. Youll see it on the show once and youll never miss it again.

Every week he will blog at about the science behind each episode, such as how experts read the emotions underlying arched eyebrows and dilated pupils. Close-up shots of expressions, such as that of an accused teen as he breaks eye contact to honestly recall events, give the audience an eerie insight into what experts such as Ekman catch us doing all the time. As Lightman says, The truth is written on all our faces.

What Intelligence Tests Miss: The Psychology of Rational Thought
by Keith E. Stanovich. Yale University Press, 2009

Clumsy speech, immense overconfidence, heavy reliance on intuition rather than factual evidence: many people associate these attributes with George W. Bush, and some believe, based on these traits, that the former president is a man of inferior intelligence. That is why so many people were stunned when, during the 2004 presidential campaign, Bushs IQ score was estimated to be 120well above average and about the same as that of his opponent John Kerry. Psychologist Keith Stanovich of the University of Toronto, however, was not surprised at all by Bushs IQ. In his new book he explains why.

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rurallib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:48 PM
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1. I can see a game based on Bush appearances.
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:57 PM
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3. That's too easy.

Not lying:

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panader0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:54 PM
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2. I refuse to believe that bush has the IQ of John Kerry.
Hell, I think Kerry's smarter than me and I'm 142. (and a bricklayer) Smarts isn't a test, it's how you use what you have.
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B o d i Donating Member (543 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:58 PM
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4. I've always been able to tell when Duhbya told a lie. His lips moved.
Why is Faux doing this, and why now, I wonder?
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