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The folly of fools : The Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life. / Robert Trivers.

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  • ISBN: 9780465028054 (electronic bk)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource
  • Edition: 1.
  • Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 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.
Science.
Genre: Electronic books.
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