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Natural logical choice of the human mind

November 21, 2012

The brain in wired in such a way that if we truly reason things out with some good dose intellectual processing – the natural (logical) choice is a tendency to disbelive in anything that disagrees with such a thought. It is no wonder that some of the greatest thinkers and philosophers in history did not believe in things that could not agree with logic and reason. Even the underlying assumptions behind any theory or idea must somewhat agree with the critera of logic & reason. Being so committed to their study and being faithful to themselves – It would be like committing intellectual heresy to take in something without first passing it through – thoroughly – the test of the scientific method and then conclude through the regime of logic and reason. But I‘m sure that in the choices that they make – they would have made some intellectual sacrifices and compromises to allow their minds to accept the things that they do not fully know or understand – in their line of thought – and would have to substantiate such a belief with proof that falls short of the scientific requirement. I believe that this is the clincher for the Athiests & Agnostics and other belief systems – they still cannot go on for sure and that is the most irritating thing about the human mind – it just would not let anyone break the barrier to truth. 

But the thing is , just because the mind cannot break a barrier to discover something deeper, it does not mean that the human thought should end there. But the real question is should we believe in stuff that lacks logical credibility?

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Ain’t got U

March 25, 2011

“U”
Ain’t got no L_ck
Ain’t got no b_ck
Ain’t got no sl_mber
Ain’t got no n_mber
Ain’t gonna be c_te
Ain’t no more no cool d_de
Ain’t gonna be _niq_e
Ain’t got no m_sic
My jokes ain’t f_nny
My days ai’nt s_nny
I ain’t beautif_l
And my heart ain’t tr_e baby
if I ain’t got “U”

Get your FIFA 2010 world cup fix streamed live into your PC for free

June 17, 2010

Down load TVu player here.

You need broadband with a reasonable bandwidth – at least 3mbps

You need windows media 10 or above to play the player

 After downloading is complete launch the player and type “FIFA” on the channle search on the Top left hand corner

The channels that are on air will be highlighted. The Channels from China provide the best resolution – if you don’t mind the mandarin commentaries. I prefer them to the other channels in english – their quality is not worth the watch.

I’ve already caught a few matches and the quality is reasonable – the channels may stutter a little but thats ok as they are few and far between.

If you want better quality channels, subscribe to their paid service for a fraction of the cost charged by the Cable operators.

This is for my dear Singaporeans who are reeling from the Cable providers holding us to ransom for the debacle they created in the first place. They will win for now. But they will come a time when they will need the support of the citizens, I hope they get abandoned that moment.

Singapore Idol 2009 – Top 4? Not again!!!

November 25, 2009

What a bummer, I sat through the wholelive telecast of the singapore idol show hoping to see an elimination. But it was a let down – in a stupendously stupid move – the show producers had decided not to eliminate anyone.

My question is – Then what is their freaking point of today’s show which is supposed to be a competition where the idol with the least vote gets kicked out. What a waste of my precious time sitting throught the whole shit only to be let by an anti climax. It may well be a performace show for Aids awareness day and the idols were the guys who get to be screwed and totally used for it.

They washed cars and did alot of other social-services that the producers decided that they should do to ensure their return the following week. What are theygonna do next – clean toilets awareness day? They gonna get the idols and arm them with toilet brushes while belting out their favourite music?

I just don’t get it – it was such a waste of my time. TCS has not given any explanation for their stupid action. My only guess is that they are trying to prolong the idol fever to up their viewership ratings, generate more advertisement income, make people spend more money on smses. Or the whole shit could be a ploy to save Charles “Boring” Wong. It’s anybody’s guess.

It’s baffling, does not do justice to the thousands of voters who paid good money to see some results, nor for the viewers who spent their prime hours of the evening to see a show but only to be disappointed by an anti climax. Most of all it does not do justice to todays winners. What if today’s loser manages to catch up next week and today’s winner gets kicked out next week? Its not fair. Just when you were reaching the finishing line they shifted the goal posts. A big thumbs down for TCS and the Idol producers. It simply does not do any justice

Paranormal Activity Review My rating – 4/10

November 14, 2009

I‘ll makes this as short as possible.

The whole movie was shot like it was a home video of a tech junkie micah trying to investigate the thing that was bothering his girlfriend Katie. Its a beautiful concept a-la the “Blair witch project” – but only much worse and that too to not say anything about the exceptionally bad acting. This shakey camera concept gave the movie a documentary feel that raised the realism of the scary experiences of the protagonists.   This is the deal clicher for such a bad movie.

It was wholly shot in a single location – Mica’s house. Apparently it was a demon that was pretty attached to Katie and resentful of the boyfriend who taunts the thing that was bothering Katie

The whole storyline was very reminscent of “Exorcist” – not original. What was original was the concept of a shakey amateur camera but even then, Bliar Witch accomplished that. Needless to say viewing a whole movie that shakes gives one a headache if the movie does not captivate the audience.

Even then it has a very strange attraction to it and I still do’n’t have my finger on it yet. I guess, it’s the amateur home movie feel that adds a sense of realism to the whole movie going experience.

The Pluses

1) Storeyline

2)  good script especially’ micah’s jokes

3) Documentary / reality show feel

The minuses

1) Unoriginal storyline (like exorcist)

2) Bad acting

3) Single location shoot

4) the final scene where she is supposed to look like a possessed linda blair in exorcist and then she gave a sheepish smile after killing her boyfriend like it was a joke – it spoilt the whole movie and the experience of the documentary feel of the movie

5) predictable scenes – especially when they go to sleep and we know some scary shit is gonna happen – it takes the fun out of being surprised.

6) one dimensional plot with just two protagonist and a couple of extras (i think) – katie’s friends

7) Bad sound / audio – I was straining to hear what was being said.

8) No make-up no costume, no special effects not even those that you could get on a third grade horror cum chick flick

9) not to mention the exceptionally bad acting

WHo will appreciate this movie?

On the whole, people who like movies that are somewhat different and are too naive to be taken in by a gross lack of technical expertise in every aspect of movie making.

IT’s Not For…

The connoiseurs and regular movie goers who look for the finer points to fully appreciate and experience a movie and would loathe it for a good concept and storyline marred by bad cinematography, bad acting, bad sound and just about bad everything.

It bucked the trend though and people watching it have to imagine the realism that the movie sought to portray of a couple tormented by a demon.  I liked the concept and story though and hated just about everything about the movie. Pesonally I felt cheated as I was expecting something more professional and not some hoax made for you tube designed to dupe people

MICHAEL JACKSON AND THE CORPORATE MADNESS

October 13, 2009

My Billie Jean Performance_Smallest

Get relief from the coporate madness.  Go mad and do something outrageous. Fight fire with fire.

As we go on and on with the drudgery of our daily grind, we tend to be so absorbed into what we do at work that we forget that work is just a means to an end – not an end in itself. Unless of course you are a volunteer in a not-for-profit organisation that is committed to serve the needs of society. The problem with the corporate world is its capitalist roots where greed is a legitimate pursuit which in turn comes back to serve the survival of the system itself.

The way the corporate world is structured – a cold, unforgiving, stiff pressure-cooker environment wrapped in a pleasant neat and compartmentalised matrix bathed in blinding flourescent lights. The kind that imresses upon you so much that it tends to hang on to you wherever you go till you get desensitised to the nightmare that you call work. Most of the time you get a small part to play in the big picture – sort of like a jigsaw piece. Over time you tend to lose the forest for the trees and develop tunnel vision where you lose your sense of direction, lose the meaning of your being there in the first place – which is to do something meaningful by the way. And finally you start losing your mind way before you start losing your hair. And then you go into this drunken state of zombie-ness where your main priorities is to pass the buck and clear as many files from your table so that you can have some time for yourself to think about your problems that you don’t really have.

The truth is, the files never get cleared and you get desperate day after day, deadline after dealine, meeting after meeting until you just go with the flow of the corporate river and develop some nifty ability to dodge the bullets and knives come your way to haunt you for your corporate sins of old. You learn about the best carpets to sweep your corporate dirt under, the best holes to bury your undischarged corporate responsibilities from prying eyes. Once in a while you succumb to stealing an hour or two to surf the net or do your personal stuff or even steal from your office – without a whiff of guilt.

And you try ways and means to escape the daily drudgery but you can’t. The you start managing the drudgery by just concentrating on only your area of work while giving excuses for the rest. Then you realise that you can even go one further by passing the buck to others.

They call it “tai chi” in chinese – a skill that is a fine art in the corporate context wher you gracefully push your work and its responsibilities out of your purview. You now go into survival mode and use the newbies to run your show and maybe even do your personal errands. That is until they find out its not their job – but by which time it’ll be too late for them.

Congratulations, you are now a corporate caricature that Scott Adams so deftly portrays in his comic strips. You get lost in your own world and move about in sober drunkenness. You think you are in control of your faculties but not realising that the system has overtaken you and has started subsuming your existence into just another appendage to it’s numerous tentacles.

It sucks dry the very life in your personality and the very humanity in your character to become a flat one-dimensional object the existence of which is only a teensy weensy bit more than the existence of your office furniture in your cubicle. You lose your sense of humour together with your personality and become this dry one-dimensional corporate zombie to whom laughter is an alien experience and totally out of place in the office, you develop a nervous twitch and become stiff in your movements  and think you are cool. You develop a blankness in your face which is a reflection of the state of your mind.

So something must happen to release – sort of like an explosion – to release you from this pressure that you didn’t know existed in the first place. Weekends never work beacuse they come to an end and the mondays dangle over your heads like a guillotine that is slowly descending as the weekend comes to a close. So the release is never full and is never really there because the fear is always there no matter how many bottles you down at a corporate pub and lose yourself in a glass of strong drink to find a way out of your pain that you can’t really feel.

As I was sinking into that corporate quicksand, there came an opportunity to go mad. What is mad in the corporate world mind you is sanity for the people of real world – and the bulk of this group are made of sages and children in a world gone mad and greedy.

I seized it and went before an odd corporate crowd of 200 and put my three days worth of practicing of the Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean to the smooth carpeted floor of the Sheraton Ball Room. I mean I had to. Well, how often do you get to grab your crotch in front of your top bosses and still expect to have a day job turn up to the next day? This in my view is an excellent opportunity to showcase all you have, release yourself in the most un-artistic way and get one up your colleagues and bosses while getting an applause!

What I didn’t expect is the complete release from the pressure after my five minutes of crappy performance. I decided not to have any shame for that moment and as the minutes ticked by I got more audacious and I felt exorcised of this corporate demon that had consumed me for the longest time. It felt good and I’m thankful for that guy who did the Elvis who said that this is his real self and in work he performs. And he is known as the crazy guy! Now I realise he could’t be any saner.

Well my only regret is that I didn’t take off & throw the Jacket and rip my t-shirt off. Maybe I’ll do that the next time cos this release is just like crack-cocaine – the dosage needs to be heavier with each successive fix to get the same amount of high

Release yourself. DO somehing crazy. Like the NatGeo Advert Goes – “When was the last time you did something for the first time?” But I hope it does’nt turn out to be the graveyard of the many firsts that I did for the last time! Now I know, Small time performers have it good (and maybe not the money) because they don’t get embroiled in the muck of showbiz.

THANK GOD FOR MICHAEL AND ELVIS . God bless them.

Living The Lie

August 10, 2009

Don’t be a tourist in my reality
For I go from here to all eternity
A state of nothingness is not to be
And I search this cage for a door to be free
Don’t be fooled by how I appear
For the truth will disappoint u my dear
Feelings that are felt deep inside
Are realised only through love and it’s light
So see not my truth in the flesh alone
But feel me all the way in your bone
I’m looking for something different behind that face
And you are smiling, thinking “what a waste”
It’s easy to take the easy path and live all the lies
And realise too late the truth before you close your eyes
But the reality is nothing but pain.
Against which my mind holds back and refrains
It’s an irony the lord made truth but he made it so hard to bear
As I carry on running away from it’s steely stare….

 

Iqbaldinho

30/6/2003

Do you sell just Products or do you sell experiences?

May 16, 2009

(this is a stream of consciousness, not a structured essay)

An Omnia is a product an Iphone is an experience,

A Rexona bodyspray is a product a Chanel No. 5 is an experience

A Toyota is a product a Ferrari is an experience

Hilton Hotel  is a product an Al-Burj is an experience

A Giodano is a product an Armani is an experience

What’s the difference between a good company and a great company? Good companies sell great products, great companies make great experiences happen. The product is the reason for companies that just sell products. For companies that sell experiences the product is an excuse.
Someone said a company that exists just to make profits is a poor form of business.
No matter how Richard Branson praises the iphone or gloats it’s features that are already available in the market – people are still going to buy it regardless. The cool features and other incoherent babbles of Branson will not make any difference to an iphoneophile. It’s almost like an evangelist talking to a bunch of Christians – the content matters little they already know what they want to hear. That’s why the bible, when truely followed will talk of a different religion very alien to the anglo-saxon versions.

When we use a product, it is dispensable and replaceable. There are real alternatives to what you sell you may distinguish your product from the competition for all you care, at the end of the day your strivings are for the bottomline.

An experience is indispensable and irreplaceable. Once felt, the human soul yearns for it and seeks to perpetuate the moment. It touches the most deepest part of our very humanity. Branson knows the soul of branding and capitalizes on it – it’s a little more than just niche marketing. It’s understanding what moves the human soul and creating vehicles that give such an experience. And in that process he hits pay dirt as he always had. While the product notwithstanding the brand is replaceable, the apple experience is not.

People who use a windows PC use it for a practical reason. People who use the mac use it because they love it despite being in the minority and having major compatibility problems with the majority of the computing world
Bill Gates and the president of General Motors have met for lunch, and Bill is going on and on about computer technology. “If automotive technology had kept pace with computer technology over the past few decades, you would now be driving a V-32 instead of a V-8, and it would have a top speed of 10,000 miles per hour,” says Gates. “Or, you could have an economy car that weighs 30 pounds and gets a thousand miles to a gallon of gas. In either case, the sticker price of a new car would be less than $50. Why haven’t you guys kept up?”
The president of GM smiles and says, “Because the federal government won’t let us build cars that crash four times a day.”

Given the limitations of technology and human intelligence to harness it to the things that we make for ourselves, efficiency and effectiveness of service of a product goes only so far – after which we plunge into the infinitude of the fuzzy world of aesthetics.

The primary reason for Nokia to become the number one seller of phones is it’s pioneering in phones that are more customizable and personalisable. From the phone covers’ colours and designs and the ring-tones right down to the wall paper and user interface. It was a such revolution and moved large swathes of population towards it’s products that threw it’s rival Erricsson into near bankruptcy before being saved by Sony. To be able to personalize a product is an emotional affair and that was the key to Nokia’s success – and they achieved through innovation and creativity. It set a new standard and redefined role of mobile phones in human affairs to such an extent that they pre-occupy the length and breadth of our lives.

In a One Planet Programme by BBC World Service broadcast on 30th April 2009, Mike Williams was interviewing the bosses of 3 car companies at a Geneva Motor Show in March ‘09. Among them were bigwigs from Audi, Totota and Bently (I forget their names).

As cars are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, it has become an issue for the green movement to tackle the issue of global warming with increasing pressure for cars to be built more eco-friendly. But it seems there is no urgency given to the matter with governments around the world giving token commitments to substantiate their lip services in the matter of green transport systems. The politicians themselves have failed to set an example as they zip about in their gas guzzlers.

Williams met the three men

While the other two seemed committed and concerned about going green with their plans for a green future, Stefan Segal of Chrysler was exquisitely unapologetic as he spoke with the passion of a disinterested realist in a “welcome to-the-real-world” sort of drone.

Williams asked : What Kind of cars are you going to make in the future Stefan?
Stefan : (we will be making) for sure emotional cars, I think at the end of the day we will still buy our cars with our heart and not our brain.
W : Is that wise do you think?
S : (sigh) you know, is it wise to fall in love?

That killed me. When you sell experiences people love you for it even though you may be a bastard. Cars are a personal affair for us and to simply call people let go of this love affair and to commit ourselves to the ethics of environmentalism is simply too much. That’s the reality that people feel but will never admit it because we all want to be on the side of political correctness.

You tell the environmentalist to give up jetsetting, or give up his fuel-efficient car – it’s inescapable. The environmentalists must touch the people in a way that gives them a good experience being environmentally conscientious. Rather than selling an environmental message everyone already knows that just makes everyone feel guilty, and at the end of the day hate them for it, they should concentrate on selling the experience of being environmentally conscientious. That’s the tough part.

The crux of the matter? If your product merely fills a need or just satisfies a utility, then people don’t care where it comes from they will change loyalties the moment they get a cheaper alternative. This is not the case if a product appeals to an individual’s emotions

Why is emotional appeal of a product so very important? Emotions are irrational visceral affections that make us humans – something that distinguishes us from the other beings. It is a cold cold world if we only make products to serve a utilitarian function. Products that appeal to our emotions touch our raw human essence in a way that will evoke a catharsis within our deepest unknown voids of our soul from which emanates the very essence of our humanity – that for some strange reason, people find it liberating. It’s like men looking at boobs and buns all day and yet are never bored with it. Why? Because the product is a creature that is made in such a way as to appeal to our innermost senses – an appeal that is hardwired in us so deep that we don’t have an inkling why we behave that way. We’ll never get bored with that.

Someone said People will forget what you said or what you did. But the will never for get how you made them feel.

An emotion is irrational. The rationalization will come after the fact to acquiesce a guilt or fill a void that seeks a reason.

“This Nokia phone has a 5 megapixel camera” you say – but so does several other phones of the same genre. The real reason you bought it was perhaps the fact that it was a sliding phone or you could wrap your fingers around it with your fingertips barely touching your thumb– it just felt good that way. Oh and it comes with a good camera too.

The fact is people need a psychological mechanism to deal with the inner voids in their lives. But to accomplish that they need something tangible and worldly to act as a medium to achieve that abstract state of bliss.

In religion we need idols except maybe for the monk who sold his Ferrari. He felt a need to achieve a state of quiet bliss by letting go because he had found a better product – Buddhism. The Ferrari experience could not sustain itself in the long run.

Companies that merely sell products as opposed to those that sell an experience – the difference is immense. To create products that appeal to human emotions vs those that merely fill a need. That’s the difference between an iphone and a samsung omnia, between a Toyota and a Ferrari.
The Samsung has better features and it was created to rival the iphone. Alas the iphone truly stood out because it was an iphone.
The practical benefits and the economic wisdom (read: overpriced) of owning an iphone is an overzealous excuse to justify buying something that may not be as good as that of it’s closest rival. But people still buy it. The same logic goes for a ferrari vs a toyota. Ferrari does not sell cars – the car is merely a vehicle (no pun intended) to experience the bliss of the ferrari experience. You don’t buy a ferrari to get you from point a to point b. That’s a sin. You want to experience the journey, the destination is just a consequential side effect. The destination was merely an excuse to feel a Ferrari while for a toyota the destination is the reason for you to drive it.

How do you quantify an experience ? Dare i? Sex is an experience – but for the prostitute its a product – for her client they want an experience but end up with a cheap high that makes them more frustrated. The best experience of sex is between lovers – and that no money can buy. So knowing this, the prostitutes that command the highest salary usually sell an experience specifically tailored to suit a niche. Starbucks don’t sell coffee Zouk dosen’t sell $1 soft drinks at for $13- they sell the experience of drinking coffee, they sell the experience of clubbing – why else would people pay $4.90 for a cuppa? The drinks are just the props or a vehicle to take you on that experience, the ambience, the high. Whatever
People will forget the product but they will remember the experience. Because an experience is more visceral – and being something that touches one deeply, people tend to associate the abstractions of their experience with the specific tangible product. It’s easier that way. Products such as these tend to capitalise on certain human tendencies, characteristics or psyches and specifically tailor an experience compressed into a specific product that somehow or rather creates a state of mind that they will never get from another similar product

You don’t do love,
You don’t do sex
You don’t do friendship

You don’t do kisses

You don’t do the work of a father
All these are felt deep within – almost a human instinct expressed within human-social dynamics
The things that we do as a result of such experiences is the emotional by-product of that which was viscerally felt.
If you can do that, my friend – you have a successful product.

The Most Powerful Item in your office cubicle?

February 25, 2009

Sticky note pads.

And they must be

(1) yellow,

(2) square (about 4cm by 4cm)

(3) with a handwritten request

(4) and finished off with a thank you.

When social scientist Randy Garner wondered of the effectiveness of sticky notes stuck on top of a covernote of a survey form as opposed to one with just the cover note he came to some astonishing conclusions. The additional little yellow square thing made a positive difference of about 39%.

The ones with the sticky note had a 75% response as compared to the one without which only had a 36% response. The reason being that it added a personal touch to an appeal where people recognised the extra personalised effort and felt more compelled to respond. And that’s not all – the respondees who got the sticky note also responded on time and their surveys had more details to questions which meant they paid more attention to the request. The lesson learnt in persuasiveness is that the more personalised the request, the better the overall response.

10 tips for catching A liar

February 15, 2009

stumbled upon this on scribd.com – taken wholesale

You may want to use these methods – but may not want to call the liars’ bluff cos it may blow your cover and he may be more careful with you – which makes your job more difficult.

It may interest anyone to know that women are better liars than men – so being emotional creatures and physically weak they need the skills to slither out of a sticky situation without the need to use force – which they are not well equipped to do. It thus may be harder to catch them as they have higher EQs. Sorry guys – we’ve been had since the garden of Eden.  😉

10 Ways to Catch a Liar

Experts have 10 tips that can let you know if someone isn’t telling you the whole truth.

By Heather Hatfield Reviewed by Louise Chang, M D
J.J. Newberry was a trained federal agent, skilled in the art of deception detection. So when a witness to a shooting sat in front of him and tried to tell him that when she heard gunshots she didn’t look, she just ran — he knew she was lying.
How did Newberry reach this conclusion? The answer is by recognizing telltale signs that a person isn’t being honest, like inconsistencies in a story, behavior that’s different from a person’s norm, or too much detail in an explanation.
While using these signs to catch a liar takes extensive training and practice, it’s no longer only for authorities like Newberry. Now, the average person can become adept at identifying dishonesty, and it’s not as hard as you might think. Experts tell WebMD the top 10 ways to let the truth be known.

Tip No. 1: Inconsistencies
“When you want to know if someone is lying, look for inconsistencies in what they are saying,” says Newberry, who was a federal agent for 30 years and a police officer for five.
When the woman he was questioning said she ran and hid after hearing gunshots — without looking — Newberry saw the inconsistency immediately.
“There was something that just didn’t fit,” says Newberry. “She heard gunshots but she didn’t look? I knew that was inconsistent with how a person would respond to a situation like that.”
So when she wasn’t paying attention, he banged on the table. She looked right at him.
“When a person hears a noise, it’s a natural reaction to look toward it,” Newberry tells WebMD. “I knew she heard those gunshots, looked in the direction from which they came, saw the shooter, and then ran.”
Sure enough, he was right.
“Her story was just illogical,” says Newberry. “And that’s what you should look for when you’re talking to someone who isn’t being truthful. Are there inconsistencies that just don’t fit?”

Tip No. 2: Ask the Unexpected
“About 4% of people are accomplished liars and they can do it well,” says Newberry. “But because there are no Pinocchio responses to a lie, you have to catch them in it.”
Sir Walter Scott put it best: “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!” But how can you a catch a person in his own web of lies?
“Watch them carefully,” says Newberry. “And then when they don’t expect it, ask them one question that they are not prepared to answer to trip them up.”

Tip No. 3: Gauge Against a Baseline
“One of the most important indicators of dishonesty is changes in behavior,” says Maureen O’Sullivan, PhD, a professor of psychology at the University of San Francisco. “You want to pay attention to someone who is generally anxious, but now looks calm. Or, someone who is generally calm but now looks anxious.”
The trick, explains O’Sullivan, is to gauge their behavior against a baseline. Is a person’s behavior falling away from how they would normally act? If it is, that could mean that something is up.

Tip No. 4: Look for Insincere Emotions
“Most people can’t fake smile,” says O’Sullivan. “The timing will be wrong, it will be held too long, or it will be blended with other things. Maybe it will be a combination of an angry face with a smile; you can tell because their lips are smaller and less full than in a sincere smile.”
These fake emotions are a good indicator that something has gone afoul.

Tip No. 5: Pay Attention to Gut Reactions
“People say, ‘Oh, it was a gut reaction or women’s intuition,’ but what I think they are picking up on are the deviations of true emotions,” O’Sullivan tells WebMD.
While an average person might not know what it is he’s seeing when he thinks someone isn’t being honest and attribute his suspicion to instinct, a scientist would be able to pinpoint it exactly — which leads us to tip no. 6.

Tip No. 6: Watch for Microexpressions
When Joe Schmo has a gut feeling, Paul Ekman, a renowned expert in lie detection, sees microexpressions.
“A microexpression is a very brief expression, usually about a 25th of a second, that is always a concealed emotion,” says Ekman, PhD, professor emeritus of psychology at the University of California Medical School in San Francisco.
So when a person is acting happy, but in actuality is really upset about something, for instance, his true emotion will be revealed in a subconscious flash of anger on his face. Whether the concealed emotion is fear, anger, happiness, or jealousy, that feeling will appear on the face in the blink of an eye. The trick is to see it.
“Almost everyone — 99% of those we’ve tested in about 10,000 people — won’t see them,” says Ekman. “But it can be taught.”
In fact, in less than an hour, the average person can learn to see microexpressions.

Tip No. 7: Look for Contradictions

“The general rule is anything that a person does with their voice or their gesture that doesn’t fit the words they are saying can indicate a lie,” says Ekman. “For example, this is going to sound amazing, but it is true. Sometimes when people are lying and saying, ‘Yes, she’s the one that took the money,’ they will without knowing it make a slight head shake ‘no.’ That’s a gesture and it completely contradicts what they’re saying in words.”
These contradictions, explains Ekman, can be between the voice and the words, the gesture and the voice, the gesture and the words, or the face and the words.
“It’s some aspect of demeanor that is contradicting another aspect,” Ekman tells WebMD.

Tip No. 8: A Sense of Unease
“When someone isn’t making eye contact and that’s against how they normally act, it can mean they’re not being honest,” says Jenn Berman, PhD, a psychologist in private practice. “They look away, they’re sweating, they look uneasy … anything that isn’t normal and indicates anxiety.”

Tip No. 9: Too Much Detail
“When you say to someone, ‘Oh, where were you?’ and they say, ‘I went to the store and I needed to get eggs and milk and sugar and I almost hit a dog so I had to go slow,’ and on and on, they’re giving you too much detail,” says Berman.
Too much detail could mean they’ve put a lot of thought into how they’re going to get out of a situation and they’ve crafted a complicated lie as a solution.

Tip No. 10: Don’t Ignore the Truth
“It’s more important to recognize when someone is telling the truth than telling a lie because people can look like they’re lying but be telling truth,” says Newberry.
While it sounds confusing, finding the truth buried under a lie can sometimes help find the answer to an important question: Why is a person lying?
These 10 truth tips, experts agree, all help detect deception. What they don’t do is tell you why a person is lying and what the lie means.
“Microexpressions don’t tell you the reason,” says Ekman. “They just tell you what the concealed emotion is and that there is an emotion being concealed.”
When you think someone is lying, you have to either know the person well enough to understand why he or she might lie, or be a people expert.
“You can see a microexpression, but you have to have more social-emotional intelligence on people to use it accurately,” says O’Sullivan. “You have to be a good judge of people to understand what it means.”

Extra Tip: Be Trusting
“In general we have a choice about which stance we take in life,” says Ekman. “If we take a suspicious stance life is not going to be too pleasant, but we won’t get misled very often. If we take a trusting stance, life is going to be a lot more pleasant but sometimes we are going to be taken in. As a parent or a friend, you’re much better off being trusting rather than looking for lies all the time.”