Bamboozle Detection

In Praise of Praise

By |2017-03-23T23:02:44+00:00January 3rd, 2017|Bamboozle Detection|

One of the nasty elements of predatory behaviour is false praise. Predators excel at the art of  flattery, charming their victims with ease. Those lured into the predator's trap emerge understandably jaded on the whole [...]

From Small Lies, Great Lies Grow

By |2017-03-23T22:11:31+00:00November 3rd, 2016|Bamboozle Detection|

A fascinating experiment, reported in New Scientist (no.3097), shows that the brain becomes desensitised through lying. Tali Sharot at University College London showed one group of volunteers jars of pennies with differing degrees of fullness [...]

Undue Friendliness

By |2017-03-25T05:04:35+00:00September 30th, 2016|Bamboozle Detection|

Episodes of undue influence can have many factors in common, but reflecting on this, I realised that something very frequently occurs at the start of the process. Yes, you guessed it: undue friendliness! Friendship - [...]