Deceit and Self-Deception: Fooling Yourself the Better to Fool Others

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In this foundational book, Robert Trivers seeks to answer one of the most provocative and consequential questions to face humanity: why do we lie to ourselves? Deception is everywhere in nature. And nowhere more so than in our own species. We humans are especially good at telling others less - or more - than the truth. Why, however, would organisms both seek out information and then act to destroy it? In short, why practice self-deception? After decades of research, Robert Trivers has at last provided the missing theory to answer these questions. What emerges is a picture of deceit and self-deception as, at root, different sides of the same coin. We deceive ourselves the better to deceive others, and thereby reap the advantages. From space and aviation disasters to warfare, politics and religion, and the anxieties of our everyday social lives, "Deceit and Self-Deception" explains what really underlies a whole host of human problems. But can we correct our own biases? Are we doomed to indulge in fantasies, inflate our egos, and show off? Is it even a good idea to battle self-deception? With his characteristically wry and self-effacing wit, Trivers reveals how he finds self-deception everywhere in his own life, and shows us that while we may not always avoid it, we can now at least hope to understand it.

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Robert Trivers is one of the leading figures pioneering the field of sociobiology. He received his bachelors and PhD from Harvard University. He has been on the faculty at Harvard, the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Rutgers University. 'Trivers ranks as one of the most important evolutionary theorists of his generation' E. O. Wilson 'Trivers is a pivotal figure in the second neo-Darwinian revolution. He was a seminal inspiration for my own first book, The Selfish Gene' Richard Dawkins

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Fascinating Economist This is a remarkable book, by a uniquely brilliant scientist...arguably his most provocative and interesting idea so far...a pleasure to read. Strongly recommended. -- Richard Dawkins A powerful book: an essential tool for anyone who wants to understand the patterns of human history and religion, and to try to counter their own unconscious biases -- Peter Forbes Independent Provocative and wide-ranging...Deceit and Self-Deception has broad appeal and a well-structured narrative...[it] conveys a powerful and focused message -- Stuart West Nature A remarkable book...Great books contain important new ideas, and this book is no exception...Striking observations and new twists on old themes are packed into every chapter...entertaining and accessible -- William von Hippel, Psychologist, University of Queensland A startlingly original and important book -- Richard Wrangham Admirable breadth, clarity and ambition -- Julian Baggini Science Focus

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