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Second answers tell a different story.

web writer tells of asking
his iPhone Siri for the
meaning of life; he got
this reply: "Try to be nice
to people. Avoid eating fat. Read a
good book every now and then, get
some walking in and try to live in
peace and harmony with people of
all creeds and nations."
Not my Siri. When I inquired for
life's meaning, my iPhone Siri said:
"All evidence to date suggests it's
chocolate."
Chocolate is the meaning of life?
Well, in one sense I can go along
with such an assertion - if it's a chunk
of dark chocolate alongside a cup
of Mexican coffee - but, because I
appreciate weightier answers, I
queried Siri again. I said, "Siri, what
is the meaning of life?"
This time, Siri delivered its bedrock

A

answer: "I can't answer that."
I should have stopped with the
chocolate.
You've seen it in the detective movies,
the classic scene where police detectives repeat their questions over
and over, and the defendant, often
an attractive starlet, says, "I already
answered that! Why do you keep
asking me the same questions?"
It's the belief that because ensuing
responses vary, repeated questions
may provide a less blemished view
of the truth. Still, it's only one way to
reveal if someone is lying. Business
Insider writer Ashley Lutz, in a 2012
feature titled "Former Detective
Reveals How to Tell When Suspects
Are Lying," asked a one-time Ohio
police detective how to tell when a
suspect is untruthful. In short, the
detective said:

* Liars often give pre-emptive notice,
meaning, early on, the wrongdoer
reports something may have gone
wrong;
* Liars may exhibit inappropriate
emotions, such as unexpected coolness when experiencing a serious
loss, one that would cause others
to be emotional;
* Liars may offer excessive details,
which could indicate a planned
story;
* Untrue stories have inconsistencies, especially when questions are
repeated;
* Liars stall for time, saying, for
example, "Huh?" when asked a
direct question, to gain time in
which to devise an answer; and
* Liars often propose alternative
explanations that could substitute
for the truth.
The Business Insider story cautioned
that some persons are exceptions to
the above assigns, because persons
enduring a serious personality disorder
may scrupulously deceive themselves,
meaning lies become their reality.
Siri's "truths" are scripted, of
course, and we have no idea of that
writer's mental health.
INNOCENT LIES, YOURS?
In an August 2012 Wall Street Journal
(WSJ) article titled "The Case for Lying
to Yourself," writer Sue Shellenbarger
quoted University of British Columbia
professor Del Paulhus, who said selfdeception isn't just lying or faking,
but is a deeper and more complicated

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