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Do you believe in telling the truth? Sure you do. But even that’s a lie because we all lie. Whether to protect a friend, to make someone feel better, or to avoid telling even bigger lies later, lying is actually central to human nature. Usually we’re taught that lying is bad, and that’s that. But in reality, it’s rarely so black and white.
Kira Vermond’s latest book answers questions like: Why do we lie? What types of lies are there? What are the consequences of lying? What methods are used to detect lies? And when is it okay or even good to lie?
From forgeries and hoaxes to plagiarism and placebos, Half-Truths and Brazen Lies offers historical anecdotes, scientific studies, and sociocultural analyses to help unpack the complex world of untruths. Told in a witty, conversational tone with an index and full-color illustrations, the book takes a thorough, nuanced approach to a fascinating aspect of human behavior.
Kira Vermond is an awardwinning writer with more than 1,000 articles in print. She is a frequent contributor to The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, and Today’s Parent, and is the author of Owlkids Books titles The Secret Life of Money, Growing Up, Inside and Out, and Why We Live Where We Live. She lives in Guelph, Ontario.
Clayton Hanmer is an illustrator whose energetic comic style has given him a broad range of clients, from The Globe and Mail to OWL magazine. He is the illustrator of Owlkids Books titles The Secret Life of Money and Not Your Typical Book About the Environment. He lives in Port Hope, Ontario.