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The Folly of Fools

The Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life
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A New York Times Notable Book of 2012
Whether it’s in a cockpit at takeoff or the planning of an offensive war, a romantic relationship or a dispute at the office, there are many opportunities to lie and self-deceive—but deceit and self-deception carry the costs of being alienated from reality and can lead to disaster. So why does deception play such a prominent role in our everyday lives? In short, why do we deceive?
In his bold new work, prominent biological theorist Robert Trivers unflinchingly argues that self-deception evolved in the service of deceit—the better to fool others. We do it for biological reasons—in order to help us survive and procreate. From viruses mimicking host behavior to humans misremembering (sometimes intentionally) the details of a quarrel, science has proven that the deceptive one can always outwit the masses. But we undertake this deception at our own peril.

Trivers has written an ambitious investigation into the evolutionary logic of lying and the costs of leaving it unchecked.


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Publisher: Basic Books

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  • Release date: October 25, 2011

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  • ISBN: 9780465028054
  • Release date: October 25, 2011

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  • ISBN: 9780465028054
  • File size: 537 KB
  • Release date: October 25, 2011

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  • ISBN: 9780465028054
  • File size: 2358 KB
  • Release date: October 25, 2011


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A New York Times Notable Book of 2012
Whether it’s in a cockpit at takeoff or the planning of an offensive war, a romantic relationship or a dispute at the office, there are many opportunities to lie and self-deceive—but deceit and self-deception carry the costs of being alienated from reality and can lead to disaster. So why does deception play such a prominent role in our everyday lives? In short, why do we deceive?
In his bold new work, prominent biological theorist Robert Trivers unflinchingly argues that self-deception evolved in the service of deceit—the better to fool others. We do it for biological reasons—in order to help us survive and procreate. From viruses mimicking host behavior to humans misremembering (sometimes intentionally) the details of a quarrel, science has proven that the deceptive one can always outwit the masses. But we undertake this deception at our own peril.

Trivers has written an ambitious investigation into the evolutionary logic of lying and the costs of leaving it unchecked.


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    Publisher:
    Basic Books

    Kindle Book
    Release date: October 25, 2011

    OverDrive Read
    ISBN: 9780465028054
    Release date: October 25, 2011

    EPUB eBook
    ISBN: 9780465028054
    File size: 537 KB
    Release date: October 25, 2011

    PDF eBook
    ISBN: 9780465028054
    File size: 2358 KB
    Release date: October 25, 2011

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