Faking It

ctaylor@ucsbalum.net

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I was listening to Freakonomics Radio a few days ago, and there was a story about "faking it." The premise was the following:  for the purpose of streamlining communication, "greasing the wheels" of social interaction, we all fake it.  We may imply we are more spiritual or religious than we truly are (especially when visiting the bible belt), talk about politics dispassionately although we may feel strongly about a particular party or ideal, or represent our professions in an oversimplified way to "impress" or gain fleeting credibility.