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Gabe Ozoani

Engineer, Aerospace Engineering

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What is cheating.....really?

In the wake of Lance Armstrong's "confession", most are calling him a cheat. A majority of the most famous and wealthy people have cut corners to get to where they are. If you get a job because you know the hiring manager over a more qualified candidate, have you cheated? If you sleep with a director to get the role...have you cheated? Yes, there are well spelled out rules in sports (among other professions) but what about other areas in life where our morality defines the rules?

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  • Jan 19 2013: Studies have shown that in order to deceive others, one has to become, or does become, more adept at deceiving themselves.
    Deceiving oneself and deceiving others becomes a cyclical condition if you will, and I believe it works both ways.
    If, as TEDLover said, it is self-deception (and I agree, to some degree), that can be defined as the "active misrepresention of reality to ones own mind/self." Deception is, "the active misrepresentation of reality to anothers mind/self."
    I think the studies done by Robert Trivers showed that both are important if not actually necessary. They both do however become sharpened on both sides of the blade.

    Otherwise, cheating is just another way of getting something, just as stealing is.
    There is a point at which I don't think either is wrong or immoral.

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