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

May 22, 2019

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

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

Autor: Robert Trivers

Número de páginas: 416 páginas

Fecha de lanzamiento: January 7, 2014

ISBN: 0465085970

Editor: Basic Books

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

A New York Times Notable Book of 2012

Whether 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 evolutionary logic of lying and the costs of leaving it unchecked.