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Telling Lies by Paul Ekman
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Jul 19, 2010

it was ok

This book suffers from two flaws - the first is not its fault - it's out of date. Published in the 80s, it promises so much potential for breakthroughs in lie detection in the near future that, well, we know never panned out. We're still at the 'maybe kinda sorta if you really study this one person specifically you might be able to tell when they are lying, maybe' phase.

The second flaw is in the anecdotal material, which is painfully limited. He talks about the same one book and one movie as examples throughout. There are details of two interesting studies, but we get those in the first chapter and by chapter five I was realizing I'd already read the interesting part.

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