Why we lie is written with snap panache and the sort of insights that stop you in your tracks its subject deception trickery pulling a fast one conning other humans and conning ourselves is critical to understanding the evolution of the human mind getting a handle on deception is crucial to understanding the self with which you and i . Why we lie the evolutionary roots of deception and the unconscious mind user review not available book verdict according to one research study people on average tell three lies for every 15 minutes of conversation smith director inst for cognitive science evolutionary psychology speculates that read full review. Why we lie the evolutionary roots of deception and the unconscious mind a biological and psychological analysis of the human practice of lying reveals the role played by deception and self deception in evolution demonstrating how the structure of the brain is shaped by a need to deceive reprint 12500 first printing. Why we lie is an attempt to prove that deception and self deception are integral trends in our survival and development as human species we have to manipulate and deceive others and ourselves to exist it is an evolutionary development that those who were more skilled and talented in deceiving had more offsprings gossip was the cradle of the language there is theory than language started . David livingstone smith presents why we lie as a beginning step in the direction of an evolutionary psychology of deception nature is awash with deceit he claims he produces many fascinating examples of deceit in nature jumping spiders for example as a survival strategy and points out that although we claim to value truth above all else we are also at least dimly aware that there is
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