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Picasso's Light Graffiti (Visual Deception)

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I don't know the history of light graffiti, but Picasso's was definitely the most interesting. 

 

Technically, most of Picasso's work already was visual deception because it delt with cubism. It broke down the process and action of art in it's incubation period and rearranged the aspects that are normally neat and tidy and are emblamatic of things we know in reality. Many of Picasso's most famous portraits are in no way symmetrical. Here in lies the deception. It is still a face, a portrait, but it is from another dimension so to speak-another perspective. People viewing it have to study it and observe it; they have to remember it, calculate it, and render it again to themselves because it is decieving to their eye. 

 

This is exactly what Picasso did with his light graffiti but with a different medium and with a few added levels of deception. Instead of working with canvass, Picasso used photography as the background medium, he then used a laser (or some other kind of manipulative light) and drew his famous style while the shutter stayed open catching the light. He fooled the camera in order to get the affect of the light by self timing it to a longer shutter speed, fooled the viewers with the cubism outputs of light, and fooled the art and acedemic world into thinking he broke a new ground of artistic mode. 

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Pinocchio (Nonverbal Deception Detection)

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This is the lamest example. 

 

Pinocchio, 1940, was capitolized by Disney in film, but the character of Pinocchio dates back to 1883 as a children's tale and protagonist of a book.

 

Ostensibly, when Pinocchio lies his nose grows larger, and, adimittedly, when someone lies, even if they are speaking, you cannot always pick up on it. Ekman suggests otherwise. He notes that there are always some kind of escaping leakages like a sweaty brow or shifty eyes. 

 

Pinocchio's nose was popularized forever in film. 

 

However, it's most likely important to note that the story, as well as the film, are both cautionary tales to child not to lie set in a truth telling, moral, unrealistic societal background. 

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Truth Serums (Deception Detection)

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This dude from the 30's, Dr. Bleckwenn, was initially credited as using a "truth serum" with his patients for psychiatric purposes. It is, at first understandings, a drug that is not morally accepted among the scientific community. 

 

First, chemicals that are included in truth serums, generally, run as follows: ethanol scopolamine, 3-quinuclidinyl benzilate, temazepam, and barbiturates. All of which I am unfamiliar with. They sound important, in the least, though, they sound potent, anyway. 

 

Second, however, the products of truth chemicals are in no way reliable. They work, more or less, like strong sedatives or pain killers like morphine. Unless the subject is given a psychedelic drug and convinced that the drug itself is a drug in which only truth can be told and trick the drug taker, who is at this point under the influence of the drug and at a higly influential state, there is no such thing. 

 

This is most likely why all images concerning "truth serums" are in the form of comic book panels. 

 

The reason why I used this silly subject is because it has no more validity than does a polygraph, which is also considered a form of detection. 

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Jean Piaget (Children)

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Jean Piaget was a Swiss developmental pyschologist. He was known for his work with children and their cognitive developing stages and he wrote a book that became popular where he outlined the stages of which the child developes different ways of thinking according to age. In a sense, he incorporated Set Theory to children's minds. 

 

I'm not positive that is known for, or fully credited, as being the pyschologist that found exactly when children start to lie, but his extensive research from inception of the child until early adulthood carved out nonverbal, infant lying, communication lying, the understanding of language, and the subsequent use of language to manipulate and lie with for gain. The discovery of a naturalistic developement of childhood lying, in other words. 

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James Joyce's Ulysses (Truth Telling)

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James Joyce was, from what I've read biographically, not the most honest dude there was. He lied a lot. He was a writer. 

 

He did, however, write one of the most terribly honest books written in the history of literature. 

 

The book Ulysses was published in it's entirety in 1922. Ulysses is approximately 1,000 pages long and encompasses an infinite range of themes. But it only takes place within one day. It follows, mostly, I would say, one character, Bloom (of whom there is a national holiday of in June), and deploys a literary technique that was extremely avant gard for it's time: stream of consciousness. 

 

Stream of consciousness is the most truthful and honest way of writing because it transcribes exactly what the character (the author) is thinking. It begins with a solid thought and tangents into (what can be) infinite lines of seperate, connected, dissjointed, spectacular thoughts. There is nothing that is held back. The book is collectively known for its difficultly because of this technique, but accoladed for its brilliance in the same respect. 

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Plato's Ethics (Ethics)

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Plato's Ethics. They are inherently philosophical without explanation. I linked a site that offers a breif overview of his thoughts from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 

 

He suggests that humans have the highest form of moral thought and that that thought is based on virtue. What we value. We value a lot, but, unfortunately, it's not easy to end there. Descarte's thought process in his Meditations on First Philosophy was completely flawed from the start philosphically because he elects to erase everything he knows about everything and starts over, but he forgets, blatantly, to erase his commuication skills. Had he truly done so he wouldn't have very likely written his arguement (and he may not have gotten past the concept of Solipsism) because the very words he used were nothing more than concepts created by and for a system in use before him. Plato acknowledges that our ethics are based in virtue and that those virtues are further based in happiness (somewhat close to hedonism with a touch of absract existentialism). 

 

The point being here, a way from the tangents, is that Plato's ethics are based in societal goodness. They are accommodating to the society by which they were created and therefore a true representatio of what ethics are without diving too deep into the categories before the inception: they are concepts. It cannot be dispproved. As Plato, not so blatantly says, rather suggests, ethics are elastic. 

 

 

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Cannibal Holocaust (Digital Deception)

Cannibal Holocaust, 1980, is a film that became a mockumentary by principle before there was such a genre. 

 

The film is an extreme horror, explotation film that focuses on a group of journalist students who travel the Amazon in search of cultural barbarianism of cannibals to prove their New York city morality superior. In the process, they become more besital than the tribe members they are seeking out taking part in rape and murder. 

 

The film was marketed as a documentary but many aspects were fake. 

 

What was most important about the film, however, was that though it had fake elements and was found out later to be a mockery of the genre it appeared as, parts of the film, recorded and played for 1,000's of people, were real. 

 

There are scenes that include wild animals in their habitat that the actors and crew member actually murdered that was at first thought fake. 

 

Digitally, the cast of Cannibal Holocaust, fooled their viewers multiple times over. 

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Balderdash (Games)

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Balderdash (of which I've included the directions) is a game I've played a few times. One player reads a card that is made up of multiple topics (topics in a more intellectual sense like Trivial Pursuit, but not quite as strong) and reads one. That topic, for instance might read: opuscule. The player will read the word and then the other players must think of a definition for the word. The reader writes the real definition on the his paper which is "a small of minor work". The sheets are mixed up and the reader then reads each paper without giving away which is the real one. The players, oppositely, must also not show (leakage) when their card, which could be anything from seriousness to complete foolishness, is read. 

 

The game requires every player to lie in one form or another and every player to try to pick up on nonverbal, verbal, and physical leakages. 

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Black Metal (Hoax)

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Black Metal, which was coined by the English band Venom, is a type of extreme metal. It's lyrical content consists, particularly with the earlier bands, of Satanic imagery. 

 

When Venom originally used the term "black metal" they used it in a tongue-in-cheek manner. Popular bands were wearing make-up and pentagrams as part of their stage presence such as Motley Crue and White Snake, but it was not generalized that the people associated with the music were, themselves, Satanists. 

 

Venom and death metal bands like Deicide openly hated Christians and had fake props live such as goat heads, fake blood, and mimicked Satanic Rutials. It was widely accepted as a huge hoax until people started misinterpreting the music and a wave of extremist black metal kids in the early 90's took it too far with acts of violence (none of which, ever, was done in light of Satanism). 

 

 

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Venus Fly Trap (Deception)

The Venus Fly Trap is perhaps the most simple form of deception I could think of. It's so pure it could even be categorized under "truth telling" because it denotes that deception is true and inherent in the natural world. 

 

It poses as a flower, which it is, and fools prey into landing or resting on it before it envelopes them with it's jaws. Natural selection/survival of the fitest/evolution. They are all a part of the Venus Fly Trap's mechinisms over time. 

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