If You Can’t Win, Then Get in a Fight, or Cheat

In a recent survey of 2,000 U.S. residents, 20 percent say that their game nights with friends or family members are often or always disrupted by competitive or unfriendly behavior. Typical antics include someone quitting because they’re losing (46%), someone accusing another player of cheating (44%), two or more players getting into an argument (44%), and … Continue reading If You Can’t Win, Then Get in a Fight, or Cheat

Dear Students: Cheating Is Disgusting

This post was inspired by the following Dan Ariely letter of advice: Dear Dan, Our neighborhood park has seen a surge in litter and trash. As chair of our neighborhood association, I was thinking of putting up signs, informing people about this issue and reminding them to please use the trash cans. Can you think … Continue reading Dear Students: Cheating Is Disgusting

Sad: Cheating Surges in Schools

From the Wall Street Journal: A year of remote learning has spurred an eruption of cheating among students, from grade school to college. With many students isolated at home over the past year—and with a mass of online services at their disposal—academic dishonesty has never been so easy. To me, academic integrity is at the heart of … Continue reading Sad: Cheating Surges in Schools

“Trust in God, But Tie Your Camel”

Trust in God But Tie Your Camel is an Arab proverb and one of the reported sayings of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. According to Tirmidhi, one day Mohammed noticed a Bedouin leaving his camel without tying it. He asked the Bedouin, "Why don't you tie down your camel?" The Bedouin answered, "I placed my trust … Continue reading “Trust in God, But Tie Your Camel”

A Thought Experiment

If students were left alone in a room to take a test, with no supervision, how many would cheat? If it's a small number, is it worth creating an elaborate set of rules and procedures to prevent such cheating? Would such rules and procedures send a message to the honest students that we don't trust … Continue reading A Thought Experiment

Are You $$Cheating on Your Partner?

According to CreditCards.com’s latest financial infidelity poll, 19 percent of U.S. adults who are in live-in relationships – which equates to 29 million people – are hiding a checking, savings or credit card account from their partner. In addition, 20 percent of all survey respondents feel a partner hiding a secret bank account from them would be worse … Continue reading Are You $$Cheating on Your Partner?