Bill Softky Asks, “Will There Ever Be a Real ‘Lie Detector?’”

Software engineer Bill Softky ponders the question in on-line British technology publication, The Register in his article, “Will There Ever Be a Real ‘Lie Detector?’” Softky begins by dispensing with the delusion that the polygraph can detect lies: Lie detectors figure prominently in the sauciest dramas, like espionage and murder, but they deeply polarize opinion. …

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Writer David Wallace-Wells Reviews The Lie Detectors

David Wallace-Wells, writing for Washington Monthly, reviews Ken Alder’s new book, The Lie Detectors in an article titled, “The Big Lie: How America became obsessed with the polygraph—even though it has never really worked”: In May 1922, a wealthy family of four was driving home to San Francisco from a day trip in the Santa …

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A Polygraph Showdown

Chicago Tribune staff reporter Jason George reports: A polygraph showdown `Detector of Deception’ vs. The Skeptical Professor By Jason George Tribune staff reporter March 15, 2007 Fred Hunter’s Hinsdale office sits far from the concrete courthouses where you imagine most polygraphers ply their trade. A Ferrari dealership is stationed around the corner, and a McDonalds …

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New York Times Book Review of Ken Alder’s The Lie Detectors

William Grimes reviews Ken Alders’ newly released book, The Lie Detectors, (which has previously been mentioned on this blog): March 2, 2007 Books of The Times The Tangled Web of the Truth Machine By WILLIAM GRIMES Its inventor called it the cardio-pneumo-psychograph. To a clutch of coeds in Berkeley, Calif., in 1921, it was a …

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