It’s very popular on talk shows right now (e.g., The Maury Show, The Steve Wilkos Show, The Dr. Phil Show) to accuse someone of cheating or of being a pedophile or whatnot based on them failing a lie detector test. But all those tests show is that someone had strong physiological reactions to a question. I don’t see how they can logically move from identifying a physiological reaction, to telling with any scientific validity that someone is lying. And they’re not admissable in court (for the most part, as far as I know).
Are lie detector tests a pseudo-science, and are these shows abusing it for sensationalism and ratings?
Should the Center for Inquiry put out a position statement?