Saturday, February 25, 2012

15. Wishful Thinking (III)

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A lot more could be written in entries for this topic, but going on for too long would be unfair vis-à-vis other themes, which are as important as, or even more important than, this one. So, here’s the full advertisement: 
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And now, all things considered, you will find it easier to agree with the fact that the context in which the lie is told is of great significance. A lie told in order not to offend someone’s feelings is by all means less dangerous than one told in order to gain fame, fortune, or glory…

It is for you to decide, after making all the changes and additions necessary to produce a complete dialogue from the words and phrases below.

Example: So/get here/last/Peter.
So you got here at last, Peter.
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PETER Yes/I be/terribly sorry/late.
JENNY It be/second time/this/happen/last two weeks.
PETER I know/I hope/you/forgive me.
JENNY Well/why/late/this time?
PETER The boss/ask me/work late/again.
JENNY Well/why/you not/phone me?
PETER I/try to/but/not be/possible.
JENNY What/you mean? You try/tell me/there be/no phones/your office?
PETER Of course/there be/phones/the office/but/ there be/something wrong/them.
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Thursday, February 23, 2012

14. Wishful Thinking (II)

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Hopefully, everybody has tried their own answers and read the common lies people tell (in the poster). So, time to fulfil the promise: let's unveil the best (or most appropriate) answers, according to the text. In this case, all of them are, to a greater or a lesser degree, linked to conclusions based on statistics and, let’s be honest: we live in a world built on statistics for ... as much as nine out of ten of our affirmations – if we include this one, of course!

So, according to the passage, a 'white lie' seems to be a lie told in order to avoid offending someone. Other scenarios have been displayed in the comments to the post, for it is difficult to decide on telling the truth in extreme cases.

Research suggests that women are better at telling less serious lies than men are. I should add that this may well be the topic of a separate blog, so the theme will only partially be tackled.
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One reason people sometimes rub their noses when they lie is that the nose is sensitive to physical changes caused by lying. There’s no denying by now that all research has offered sufficient evidence of the fact.

It would appear from the passage that there is no simple way of finding out if someone is lying. No comment.

In fact, why should people insist so much on being told the truth (the whole truth, and nothing but the truth)? Why shouldn’t there be this other alternative (Tell me lies/Tell me sweet little lies/Tell me, tell me lies) which would paint our days in different hues, and make us smile for no particular reason?
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It seems it’s human nature, and that’s all there is to it. No wonder then that people (and manufacturers) go to great pains to satisfy such a special need, like in the advertisement below: