Monday, August 26, 2013

Lyin' eyes... or machines?

Polygraph testing proctors might tell you that you can't hide those lyin' eyes, but the rich old man in this story should give you plenty of reason to worry, and not just about the test itself.

An article in the Seattle Times a few days ago declared that "Federal agents...have launched a criminal investigation of instructors who claim they can teach job applicants how to pass lie-detector tests." Given that how to pass lie detector tests is all but common knowledge and that lie-detectors themselves are generally impermissible as evidence in court due to their propensity to give false positives as well as false negatives, I actually don't think I need to add anything about how hypocritical, ridiculous and asinine this is.

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