« The Sunday Funnies | Main | Links With Your Coffee - Monday »

Lie to Me

A clip from one of my favorite shows, Lie to Me You can watch the entire episode at the site.

LIE TO ME, the compelling new drama from the producers of 24, stars Tim Roth ("The Incredible Hulk," "Reservoir Dogs") as DR. CAL LIGHTMAN, the world's leading deception expert who studies facial expressions and involuntary body language to discover not only if someone is lying, but why. When someone shrugs one shoulder, rotates a hand or raises the lower lip, Lightman knows he's lying. Based on the real-life scientific discoveries of Paul Ekman, the series follows Lightman and his team of deception experts as they assist law enforcement and government agencies to expose the truth behind the lies.
Paul Ekman is the author of Emotions Revealed, Second Edition: Recognizing Faces and Feelings to Improve Communication and Emotional Life

Test yourself at Project Implicit



Oh, c'mon... your favorite show? I know TV has a tendency towards melodrama and obviousness, but what was that?!?

That was so ham-handed. The interest in the material is undermined by the show's utter lack of subtlety.

I don't mean to sound like a snob, but I can't stand it when a show treats the viewer like an idiot. I don't need to be spoon-fed. I get it. There's no need to spell it out.

On a side note: it IS nice to see this issue get some TV time.

That was so ham-handed. The interest in the material is undermined by the show's utter lack of subtlety. I don't mean to sound like a snob, but I can't stand it when a show treats the viewer like an idiot. I don't need to be spoon-fed. I get it. There's no need to spell it out.

YES. This is why I absolutely hate this show.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who felt the show was too simplistic. I mean, the idea is great, but the writers must be smashing their faces into their desks each time FOX execs go to them and say, "yes, but could you have the character explain this FURTHER?"

One of the reasons why I so love The Wire (which is no longer running). Things aren't spelled out. You really need to pay attention, kind of like when reading a book. And you really need to watch it all twice to pick up on most of the subtleties.

I agree with Collin.

This show strikes me as a "poor man's" House. Sadly, it takes a special actor to pull off the "I know more than everyone else on the show but yet you still find me charming" House role, and the cast of "Lie to me" just don't have the acting chops.

"We know that you hated him."

Really? They knew it?

I'm sorry to be sarcastic, but the type of arrogant certainty displayed by these detectives is exactly what bigotry is: it's about playing odds with individuals. Taking generalizations (whether statistically valid or not) and attaching them to the treatment of an individual.

It's one thing to use profiling to narrow your search, it's a whole other thing to use profiling as the basis for making someone the target of an investigation, much less outright accusing them of a crime.

I also find it insulting that the opinion "the President lacks integrity" is suddenly racist.

I've taken similar tests as part of a sociology test, and have scored anywhere from "colorblind" to "member of the kkk". I am very skeptical of the accuracy of these tests.

I've also been watching this show closely. I really tried to like it, but as other say, it sinks too much into dumb explanations. I watch House mainly for the comedy, but this one isn't even funny. The other new show like these, The Mentalist, is also lighter, but it's not pretentious.

What we see here is a variation of the Implicit Association Test (IAT), that was developed by some psychologists at harvard. Interesting things happened to me when I took the test. I am ethnically Indian by the way (not native American).

When I took the test when I lived in a ghetto with mostly poor blacks, the test said I was a racist who preferred blacks. When I moved to a more affluent neighborhood where most people where white it said that I was a racist that preferred whites.

If I heard an inspiring speech by Kofi Annan and took the test, it showed a preference for blacks. After JFK, preference for whites.

Rarely I got no automatic preference for either races.

So what does it prove? My racial sensitivities are context dependent probably. So to find a real racist you may have to repeat this test over a period of time, exposing the person to various circumstances. A dogmatically racist fellow will not change his automatic preference under any circumstances.

My opinion on the test. It will work in the beginning, but just like drug tests and lie detectors, people will eventually find a way to fool it as it becomes more and more popular. Only foolish racists will be caught with it in the future.

Several different biases can be discovered this way. To those that are honest with themselves, it helps. I have the link below:

Give Norm a break, I watch a few shows that I would consider intellectually "low brow." (i.e. Mentalist, Burn Notice, House) They entertain me. I don't watch them to build my intellect. Personally, my favorite show is Dexter. Every episode of that is a work of art. Of course I don't gain any knowledge from this. If you are watching tv to learn, you are really mis-using it.

I think that might be a big problem with the US today. People see fiction in tiny details on tv and assume it to be reality.

A movie that was from 1976, very prophetic.

Hey, I watch 24. I win! This season is hilarious too! Monday night, House and 24 double pack, my TV night.

I like Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs influence) and I like the premise although I don't see how it can help from getting very repetitive. I agree they are heavy-handed and don't trust their audience at all. I've been watching it on Hulu though and think it's better than most network stuff.

I've got to say I really like Friday Night Lights. At first it bugged me that everyone was so good looking because it would've had a more authentic feel if they mixed it up more but I love the guy who plays the Coach. He just isn't as nice as you expect him to be without being some kind of @sshole character and you don't see that much. Also, the theme music for FNL and BSG kind of kill me every time I hear them.

BSG = Battlestar Galactica?


Support this site

Google Ads

Powered by Movable Type Pro

Copyright © 2002-2017 Norman Jenson


Commenting Policy

note: non-authenticated comments are moderated, you can avoid the delay by registering.

Random Quotation

Individual Archives

Monthly Archives