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Thursday, June 03, 2010

Okay, I'm geeking out a bit...














So by now, most of you who follow me on the other blogs, like the HOT or KiSS blogs, know that I was in Los Angeles for the Idol finals last week. While there, I ran into Brendan Hines, who is on the show "Lie To Me" which is one of my favorite shows on FOX... 

... and he let me know he's coming to DC to speak at the Smithsonian as part of a very exclusive Smithsonian Associate's evening with the brains and science behind the show next week. 

Now, this is exciting to me because if you've known me, you know that the science behind L2M is ridiculous. The idea that there are microexpressions, which are primal, which can't be stopped from happening, can help you to detect lies in... well... anyone... is just astounding to me. When FOX had me out for a previous junket, right before the launch of L2M, they put us through this amazing course on lie detection based on microexpression detection and they educated us on the basics of how to tell when virtually anyone is using some sort of deception based on what we saw from facial expressions. I left LA and came back to DC and finally... in a rudimentary way... the playing field was beyond level. In so many ways, it was tilted in my favor because finally, I could have conversations and see right through the impersonal, the dishonest, the fake and the like. Talk about an advantage. I returned way past having a home court advantage as, honestly, there wasn't much that could be hidden when it came to what people were thinking. And while I didn't have to know specifics, knowing that I knew 'enough' when it came to certain things was just... astounding.

Anyway, the event is totally sold out, and when Brendan, who plays Eli on the show, revealed to me that he would be in DC for this, I about geeked out at the broadcast table. And, when I went back to the room, I started to reach out to all of my contacts at FOX in the publicity department, because, honestly, this science is some amazing stuff.

By the way - he's got a band, and he's gonna be in DC - and I think you should book him to play a quick acoustic set if you have a venue. Hello, Rock and Roll Hotel, 9:30 or Black Cat or even DC9 (which might be just about right for a Brendan Hines set...)... I'd pay good money to see him play and would gladly host it, but that's for a different post...

So today, the FOX people let me know that in addition to Brendan, and Dr. Paul Ekman, who is the doctor behind the science to the show, L2M's creator, Sam Baum and others will be in attendance as well.

I can only imagine that the most senior people from the CIA, the FBI, the Secret Service and more will be on hand with the usual delegation of Smithsonian contributors, as well.

And, God willing, I'll be there. Because let me tell you something... learning what I learned from Dr. Ekman has changed everything. You get an unreal advantage from understanding the science which leads to the detection of deception. When I interview artists and others, their microexpressions and gestural seepage let me know exactly where I stand, and where I can go when it comes to our conversations. It also gives me some amazing insights as to how to deal with co-workers - as well as with people in life that I encounter.

In other words... it's some pretty amazing stuff.

If you've not watched L2M on Fox, the premiere is coming soon. Check your local listings or check back here for more and I'll tell you when you need to set your DVR's. If you're not a fan, you should be. It's a show that is so smart because it's based on some real science which takes the so-called "ultimate weapon" we as people think we have... and exposes it with scientific truth which renders it useless.

It's brilliant.

I'll probably try to get some exclusive content from the people on the show for HOT and KiSS and will share the content on my YouTube channel or here. I can't wait. These guys have me hooked... and I think you will be too if you just give it a chance...

... otherwise, I'll just continue to use what I know while you sit there in wonder...

:)

All my best....


-t.


PS... here's a clip of some video from the L2M junket they had us on when we were on the set... thanks for FOX and Patricia Ledger for allowing me to, ahem, make trouble and film this great insight... 





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