Sadly, it's even worse than that... sometimes, the very act of lying serves to gradually change my beliefs, even if nobody else is convinced. (Admittedly, this depends somewhat on how committed I am to my self-image as a liar.)

Given that one of the best ways to tell a deliberate lie is to believe it, I can understand why good liars often end up convincing themselves.

For that matter, it's a technique that I think I've personally used to change my own beliefs, for the saner. (If that's not confusing, you're either not working or have information I haven't shared.)

[SEQ RERUN] Protected From Myself

by MinibearRex 1 min read27th Sep 201211 comments


Today's post, Protected From Myself was originally published on 19 October 2008. A summary (taken from the LW wiki):


Ethics can protect you from your own mistakes, especially when your mistakes are about really fundamental things.

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