Thursday, April 22, 2010

Trust Me

I listened to an episode of radio lab recently. Scientists now believe that there is a very conservative  (in the I-want-to-avoid-potentially-fatal-activities, not the Obama-was-born-in-Kenya sense) part of our brain that tells us lies to get us to stop doing what we're doing. The only way to keep going, is to tell lies back to it. I've included the link to the program because it's a little more complicated (and interesting) than that, but it did make me start to think that if you can't even trust yourself not to lie to you, who can you trust?
Scientists don't yet know that, but Sherlock Holmes said that once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however unlikely, must be true. So, we already know that we can't trust large banks (and here's an aside, but why do conservatives (in the Fox News, not the Barry Goldwater sense) support large banks that are more similar to "dens of robbers" than individuals [the robbed, who no longer have dens]?) doctors, lawyers, and insurance companies. If there was any doubt about airlines, we can add this item to the scale (and then pay $50 extra for it). Some passengers stranded in Britain by the recent volcano are being charged the difference between their original ticket price and the price of the flight they're now finally being allowed to take.

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