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The Science Of Lying

This Feb. 15, 2011, file photo shows Lance Armstrong during an interview in Austin, Tx. Attorneys for Armstrong have demanded an on-air apology from "60 Minutes" after the head of Switzerland's anti-doping laboratory denied allegations the seven-time Tour de France winner tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs at the 2001 Tour de Suisse. (AP Photo/Thao Nguyen, File)

This Feb. 15, 2011, file photo shows Lance Armstrong during an interview in Austin, Tx. Attorneys for Armstrong have demanded an on-air apology from “60 Minutes” after the head of Switzerland’s anti-doping laboratory denied allegations the seven-time Tour de France winner tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs at the 2001 Tour de Suisse. (AP Photo/Thao Nguyen, File)

Lance Armstrong spilling the beans to Oprah got Boston Globe reporter Joseph Kahn thinking about lying. About why we lie. How we lie. And what it says about the human condition that so many of us lie so often. Kahn wrote about it in the paper and will join us in a moment to talk about the science of deception.

But first, let’s be honest. We all know liars. We’ve all lied. But few of us will ever get into the Liars Hall of Fame with the likes of Bernie Madoff, Richard Nixon, James Frey, Jayson Blair, Bill Clinton, and — now — Lance Armstrong.

Lying about doping for more than a decade is a big lie. But the mechanics are the same for small lies too. The grease for all of it — is rationalization.

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