The Folly of Fools: The Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life

The Folly of Fools: The Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life

Robert Trivers


A New York instances Notable publication of 2012
Whether it’s in a cockpit at takeoff or the making plans of an offensive warfare, a romantic dating or a dispute on the workplace, there are lots of possibilities to lie and self-deceive—but deceit and self-deception hold the prices of being alienated from fact and will result in catastrophe. So why does deception play the sort of sought after function in our daily lives? briefly, why will we deceive?
In his daring new paintings, well known organic theorist Robert Trivers unflinchingly argues that self-deception developed within the carrier of deceit—the larger to idiot others. We do it for organic reasons—in order to aid us continue to exist and procreate. From viruses mimicking host habit to people misremembering (sometimes deliberately) the main points of a quarrel, technological know-how has confirmed that the misleading you possibly can constantly outwit the loads. yet we adopt this deception at our personal peril.

Trivers has written an bold research into the evolutionary common sense of mendacity and the prices of leaving it unchecked.

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