Last year, an epidemic of cheating was uncovered in the Atlanta public school system. There was strong evidence that teachers in some public schools had erased students' answers on standardized tests and penciled in the correct ones.
Then there are the less dramatic ways that, in the words of behavioral economist Dan Ariely, "we lie to everyone-especially ourselves." In his new book, "The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty," Ariely debunks the notion that a kind of cost-benefit analysis lies behind human dishonesty. On the contrary, his research shows that neither possible rewards nor even the likelihood of getting caught play much of a role in the decision to cheat.
He also disputes the idea that cheating involves a rejection of the idea of right and wrong. In his account, people are caught between two competing goals: They want to see themselves as good and moral people, and they also want stuff.
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Posted September 23, 2012 at 6:00 am
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