Some academics study the work of Willa Cather. Others crack complex molecular structures. Julian Keenan, at Montclair State, wants to know why we lie — and how we can lie better. "It’s one of the most amazing, sophisticated, advanced cognitive abilities we have," Keenan said in a story in yesterday’s Bergen Record. "All evidence indicates that we are genetically programmed to lie. The liar has such an advantage over you. So the gene is passed on."
Keenan points to the recent presidential election. "The party that lied better had an advantage and won," he said.