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Author: Paul Byrne

Paul’s Voice: Dear Donald

Dear Donald, My Father refused to call Americans, Americans. Rightfully so, he would argue, everybody living in the North, South and Central Americas—were in fact Americans—so he called them USers. I did not understand why my father had a problem with USers. He was born in Roseau, Minnesota so he was a USer himself. Growing up, it seemed that many people didn’t like USers and they seemed to realize this because they would pretend to be Canadians when travelling abroad—kinda like pretending to be your own PR agent. US leaders have always been under scrutiny from the rest of...

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Predictably Irrational: frank talk with author and researcher Dan Ariely

Okanagan Life Editor Paul Byrne spoke with Dan Ariely about his book, Predictably Irrational, his TED talks and his seminal research that shines much needed light on the hidden forces that shape human decisions, behaviors and also answers the questions about why humans cheat—especially when it comes to money. (Editor's Note: I bought five copies of Predictably Irrational to give to my children years ago. It is one of my favourite books that I believe should be required reading by Politicians of all nations.) The (Dis)Honesty Project is also available online. OL: You attended the Decepticon Conference with UBCO’s...

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Okanagan Lie Detectors

The brave truth is this UBC Okanagan team of lie busters is attaining worldwide acclaim by seeking greater understanding in the fields of malfeasance, untruth and secrecy Sarah (not her real name) sits in an interview room. Thirty minutes tick past. “What can you tell me about the incident,” asks the interviewer. “I don’t remember,” says Sarah. The questioner, well trained in police interview tactics, reassures her. “Most people are able to retrieve lost memories if they try hard enough.” It takes just three sessions for Sarah to admit her guilt. Prompted only by the small facts of her...

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Paul’s Voice: the truth about liars

It has been said that “all truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” In this issue of Okanagan Life we celebrate truth. Whether it be the science of UBCO professors Stephen Porter and Michael Woodworth, whose seminal work about lie detection and deception is redefining how science sees ourselves—or the pure wonder of the Okanagan’s greatest winemakers and wines, with the exciting winners of the 2nd Annual Best of BC Wine Awards. Back in its infancy, the Okanagan wine industry consisted of few choices—Calona Red,...

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Real giants, superstars and Titans

In early March 1992, 60 business people gathered at the Four Season’s Racquet Club in Kelowna to display their personalities for the cover of Okanagan Life’s Progress issue. This was a hybrid magazine created by Okanagan Life and Okanagan Business to celebrate the people, stories and faces behind the great business community that powered the local economy of the day. Perhaps Progress was the first Facebook? In 1992 the Okanagan was benefitting from free market growth or, as it was known, the boom years. These Cover Men and Cover Women were the giants, the superstars and the Titans of...

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