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The folly of fools [electronic resource] : The Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life. Robert Trivers.

Trivers, Robert. (Author).
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  • ISBN: 9780465028054 (electronic bk)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource
  • Edition: 1.
  • Date Published: 2011.

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Summary, etc.: A New York Times Notable Book of 2012Whether 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...
Reproduction Note: Electronic reproduction. New York : Basic Books, 2011. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 2302 KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 523 KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB).
Subject: Nonfiction.
Genre: Electronic books.

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