"Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere." ~ Oscar Wilde
Dan Ariely's research in The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty shows that we are the continual tension of maintaining our image of ourselves as an honest good person and getting away with cheating. Through a wide variety of experiments he demonstrates the delicate balance of feeling good about ourselves, essentially fighting ego depletion, and doing the right thing. He shares stories from the research lab as well as within the fields of academia, law, medicine, and business where cheating, conflict of interest, and lying are the standard.
"What separates honest people from dishonest people is not necessarily character, its opportunity." ~ Dan Ariely
Listen to Dan Ariely on the Episode 66 of Hidden Brain Podcast, Liar Liar.
Watch his documentary, the (Dis)Honesty Project on Netflix.
The data collected on Google is showing us who we are through the questions we are asking through search. Listen to interview with Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, author of Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are, on Episode 70 of Hidden Brain Podcast, Who are we at 2am.
Letting others take care of the dirty work allows us to keep our own hands clean.
Radio Lab's Season 3, Episode 2 on Morality also explores the from where our sense of right and wrong comes.
Listen to this TED Radio Hour of Wired for Altruism.
Fun exploration on the Ted Radio Hour of The Seven Deadly Sins.