Through the studies of Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University, and expertise of award-winning filmmaker Yael Melamede, the truth of why humans are prone to being dishonest is revealed.
The film, “(Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies,” will be screened at 5:30 p.m. today in the Chautauqua Cinema, followed by a Q-and-A session with Melamede, the film’s director and producer. Regular cinema fees apply.
Melamede and Ariely collaborated to display the human experience of dishonesty. According to The (Dis)Honesty Project website, personal experiences, expert opinions, behavioral experiments and archival footage all reveal why and how people lie.
In the trailer of the film, Ariely asks an audience to raise their hands if they had lied since the beginning of the year. He then asks for a show of hands if audience members believe they are honest and wonderful people. The same people raised their hands for both questions.
“How is it that we can think of ourselves as honest, but at the same time recognize we are dishonest?” Ariely said.