How honest are we as humans?
If you’ve consumed any news this century, you’re likely thinking: "not very.” We're drowning in daily headlines of embezzlement, corruption, and all manner of dishonesty.
But we’ve always known that selection bias is at work. “Kind people doing kind things for others” doesn’t quite garner the same shock factor as “MISLEADING HEADLINE ABOUT AWFUL THINGS!” And, just as news headlines tend to skew to the sensational, we too can be more inclined to remember a negative experience than a positive one. So, "how honest are people, really?" is a question begging for a more objective approach than our imperfect perception can give us.
Enter Mark Rober's scientific method ~
When we ran across Mark Rober (formerly of NASA, now of Youtube) – who makes it his mission to scientifically test theories and translate the results into plain English – we knew we were in good hands. Especially in an age of “alternative facts” and “fake news” it’s refreshing to cross paths with folks who refuse to leap to the easiest assumption. People who posit theories, test them, and then draw conclusions. And judging by his growing popularity, we’re far from alone in appreciating his approach.
Without further preamble, enjoy Mark's video to find out exactly how honest Americans really are.