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The Truth About Lying

rivenburg Wrote: Sep 07, 2012 10:36 AM
What Bob is discribing here is known as "Moinds 4th postuate": The degree of certainty in one's level of competency is inversely proportional to the actual level. Corollaries: 1.The hopelessly incompetent are absolutely certain of their abilities. 2.The competent always have sensible doubts, precisely for the reason the can realistically assess the situation. 3.The incompetent never realize they are incompetent, precisely for the reason that they lack the competence necessary to discern the difference. 4.The work of the incompetent tends to be superficial and bombastic. By extension of the Corollary 3, they are completely unaware of this and usual regard their work as profound and important.
aknowles Wrote: Sep 07, 2012 6:52 PM
And just how many of the average voter will understand your language? They will resent more of what some think as taking down to them. Myself? No, I am not converse with your selections but I will look them up. I enjoy adding knowledge..
SpaceVegetable Wrote: Sep 07, 2012 3:36 PM
Sounds like Obama, for sure.

I am a handsome, charismatic, brilliant, successful, wonderful person.

I am also a person who lies to himself -- a lot.

It may seem to you that it's a waste of time to lie to yourself when there are so many other people you can lie to, but there are real advantages to lying to yourself, or practicing "self-deception," as we scientists call it. (Yes, I have advanced degrees in astrophysics, molecular biology and modern dance. It says so on my resume.)

I first heard the buzz about self-deception from the "Work & Family" columnist for The Wall Street Journal, Sue Shellenbarger. "Lying to...

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