Thursday, September 30, 2010

Welcome to Deception Detection Professionals

I have recently joined Deception Detection Professionals on LinkedIn, see my profile. This group is composed of professionals, experts, law enforcement officers, researchers and other individuals in the field of detection of deception. Members of Deception Detection Professionals, the following links are susceptible to catch your interest:
Your comments and suggestions are welcomed.

Friday, September 24, 2010

A Truckload of Books

Shortcuts most often mean to cut corners but I have always considered books to be a reliable shortcut: we rely on others' extensive experience to expand our knowledge. Books make it possible for a reader to gain instant knowledge without having to run into a lengthy trials and errors learning process. Reading is an essential activity to cultivate and expand our knowledge, to become a better person and a better professional.

I have read a truckload of books about technologies, business, graphic design, psychology, languages, and so forth. Reading these books became the foundation of my knowledge and a useful tool to develop a unique expertise. Google books provides the ability to create a bookshelf listing books. The data entry is time consuming but so far I have entered 350 books that I have read.

You can take a look at my bookshelf.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Department of Revenue

JE is an investigative journalism TV series focusing on public affairs, disreputable businesses, frauds and consumer advocacy. This series has been running since 1993 with a great success in the province of Québec, Canada.

Gaétan Girouard and Jocelyne Cazin set an outstanding pace in truth-seeking until 1999 and 2001 respectively. Together, they fearlessly ran into the dark world of fraudsters around the province for the sake of justice and with great determination — foot in the doorstep when necessary.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Humintell is to launch its new products on November, 2010.
Read more about Humintell Upcoming Products.

Friday, September 03, 2010


The insurance company GEICO is running a series of advertisements, which is dubbed as a Rhetorical Question Campaign. The playful campaign has its take on a supposedly rhetorical question — Could switching to GEICO really save you 15 percent or more on car insurance? The campaign gives the impression that it is obvious switching to GEICO will save 15 percent or more on car insurance, hence it uses a rhetorical question.

In statement analysis, anything implied is questionable. A question is different from a statement because a question does not state, declare nor assert. Saying “Could switching to GEICO really save you 15 percent or more on car insurance?” is different from saying “Switching to GEICO saves you 15 percent or more on car insurance!” The former may or may not imply the latter. A truthful statement is always explicit.

The rhetorical question is followed by an analogy to reinforce the impression of obviousness, such as seen in this advertisement:
“Could switching to GEICO really save you 15 percent or more on car insurance?”
“Is Ed Too Tall Jones too tall?”
The second question becomes more rhetorical when Ed Jones, who measures 206 cm (6 ft 9 in), is shown on the screen. The advertisement has cleverly shown that the measuring device was too short to measure Ed Jones and his nickname “Too Tall” becomes highly suggestive. The viewer wrongly concludes Ed Jones is indeed too tall. This faulty analogy let the viewer think that answering yes to the second question means the answer for the first question is also yes. A truthful statement is always straightforward.

The advertisement closes on the words GEICO — 15 minutes could save you 15 percent or more. This is more straightforward than the rest of the advertisement but saving 15 percent or more has a degree of probability that is uncertain considering the use of could rather than will (see gramdex).