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The real reason I never write longhand

A study out of Haifa University, Israel, shows that the way a person writes with a pen can reveal lies as well as traditional lie-detector tests. With a digital tablet it's possible to measure for instance " the duration of time that the pen is on paper versus in the air, the length height and width of each writing stroke, the pressure implemented on the writing surface." Comparing this to normal writing patterns electronically will reveal whether the person writing is lying or not. (A similar method can be used to spot early signs of diseases such as Alzheimer's.)

If this is true, governments have yet another reason not to use torture (as if they needed any more). The pen, they ought to remember, is mightier than the sword.

Sources: Videnskab.dk & Wiley.com
 

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justin_pilon
Sep. 3rd, 2009 12:32 pm (UTC)
Awesome! But then they'll need to torture people to get them to write, ha!
jakobdrud
Sep. 3rd, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
Well, at the very least they'll have to refrain from breaking people's fingers ;-)

Seriously, the potential for spotting early stages of Alzheimer's, or help children with reading disorders seems to be an even greater advantage of this method.
marshallpayne1
Sep. 3rd, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
Interesting. It's good that my blog entries tagged under "Strange tales and humongous lies" are in print and not my own handwriting. I like to keep people guessing what is apocryphal and what might have a basis of "truth." But then again, no one can read my chicken-scratching on the page anyway. ;-)
jakobdrud
Sep. 3rd, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
I can't help wondering what they'd make of a story set in a world that the author knows to be "true" in the sense that he uses it to write a convincing, consistent story. Or put differently, if believing your own lie hard enough will actually make it come out 'true' in the test. And whether that would give us the ultimate tool to distinguish art from rubbish...

("Sorry to tell you that your story didn't pass our Haifa test, and as such doesn't match out needs at this time...")
marshallpayne1
Sep. 3rd, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
With all this new technology, all us writers should work harder on telling lies for fun and profit! That's my goal. :-)
jakobdrud
Sep. 3rd, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
A shame we have to compete with all those bankers doing the exact same thing ;-)
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