Episode from the podcastThe Jordan Harbinger Show

291: Doug Williams | The Truth about Polygraphs and Lie Detection

Released Tuesday, 17th December 2019
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Doug Williams (@DougWilliams_PG) is an ex-cop on a 40-year crusade against what he calls the "evil, insidious Orwellian polygraph industry" that landed him in federal prison for two years.

What We Discuss with Doug Williams:

  • How does the so-called "lie-detecting" polygraph test actually work, and how easy is it to fool?

  • Why is private industry in the United States forbidden from using polygraph testing to screen job applicants, whereas the government relies on it?

  • How dangerous is it to national security that this reliance hinges on trusting technology contemporary with (and arguably as complex as) the invention of the toaster?

  • Why polygraph testing has more in common with pseudo-sciences like phrenology, conversion therapy, and dowsing than disciplines verifiable by the scientific method.

  • How Doug wound up serving two years in a federal prison for teaching people how to beat polygraph tests with a method not dissimilar to body control taught to expectant mothers in Lamaze classes.

  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: https://jordanharbinger.com/291

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