How to make the perfect excuse: Cambridge academic discovers how best to get yourself off the hook

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Whether you are late for work or you have forgotten a friend’s birthday, crafting the perfect excuse is an art that we all strive to master.

Now a Cambridge academic has discovered that the best to get yourself off the hook is to blame  someone or something else.

Dr Paulina Sliwa, an expert in moral psychology and philosophy of mind at Cambridge’s Faculty of Philosophy, has created the first ever “unified theory of excuses” which she calls the Good Intention Account.

Her study, published in the journal Philosophy And Public Affairs, argues that the most effective excuses are those where you explain that you had the right intentions, but were thwarted by circumstances beyond your control.   



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