Detection of Deceit
He who has eyes to see and ears to hear may convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips: betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.
We live in the information age, inundated with a constant flood of data. Not only are we always receiving information from interactions with other people, the truth of which must be continually evaluated, but we must also sift through a seemingly limitless flow of information from the media--the press, radio, television, and even our computer modems. If information is power--and that is certainly the message from both philosophers and government policymakers--then misinformation decreases power. Thus, we must all be lie detectors, continuously expending energy to evaluate the input of information for its validity and for the motivation of its sender.
There seem to be socially acceptable standards for seeking out the truth. If an individual is too accepting and unquestioning of information, we call that person gullible or unsophisticated. If an individual is too vigilant and suspicious, we call that person paranoid. There appears to be an optimal range of deceit-detection activity, and some acceptance of information without too much