Free beer: The truth about dishonesty

10th Jul 2012; 13:00

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How and why do we rationalise deception of ourselves and other people, and make ourselves ‘wishfully blind’ to the blindingly obvious?

Dan Ariely comes to the RSA to discuss how the principles of behavioural economics can help us understand some of our irrational tendencies, specifically the mechanisms at work behind dishonest behaviour.  One of the most interesting lessons at work is understanding our capacity to think of ourselves as honest - even when we act dishonestly.  The implications of this research are far reaching and include a better understanding of the most recent financial crisis and some of the many challenges in healthcare.

Speaker: Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology & Behavioural Economics at Duke University and author of the internationally bestselling Predictably Irrational. His TED talks have had over 3 million views, and he is one of the world’s leading voices on human motivations and behaviour.

Chair: Ian Leslie, author of Born Liars: Why we can’t live without deceit

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