Thursday, September 26, 2013


This definition of lying was proposed on a Radiolab podcast I listened to recently:

"a deliberate choice to mislead a target without notification"

I'm not sure what to make of this definition.  It seems to imply that a statement is not a lie if the target is notified.  This is the "poker exception", that allows the individual who does not lie to participate in activities where lying is required.

I'm not sure how I feel about this, but I'm going to give it a try.  I think it will be liberating for me to be able to say "I am going to participate in the following activity that allows a form of lying.  Any statements I make during that participation should be interpreted in the spirit of the game".


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