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Saturday, July 11, 2009


I don't know about lying and loving, but any 10-year-old with a Mac could make a better advertisement than that

Maybe our capacity to deceive is a backlash from our capacity to empathize.

I think our capacity to deceive stems from a more basic capacity to spot deception (both intentional and unintentional), and guard against it. Once you're aware of it, and can protect yourself from it, then you might consider trying it for yourself.

I'm not sure that George Lott was being all that deceptive though, any more than any celebrity endorsing a product. You can't expect him to have had a twenty-first century awareness of the dangers of smoking, and at the same time expect the audience to have a 1936 ignorance of the same. Either they knew he was lying (would you trust a show sponsored by Camel to tell you the truth about Camels?), or Mr. Lott knew as little about lung cancer as the rest of the general public. Or he may of course have been completely evil, but it seems unlikely. The tobacco companies, now that's a different story.

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