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 elucidates the essential role that deception and self deception have played in evolution and shows that the very structure of our minds has been shaped from our earliest beginnings by the need to deceive smith shows us how by examining the stories we tell the falsehoods we weave and the unconscious signals we send out we can learn much about ourselves and our minds books with . The author tells us that the evolutionary roots of deception and the unconscious mind the subheading of the book accounts for our ease with lying the book addresses some of the fundamental aspects of lying that we are indeed natural born liars that not only is lying found throughout nature but that organisms that lie well are successful. Studies on evolutionary biology show that deception plays a key role in creatures evolution representing an advantage over their competitors this idea has been mimicked in the virtual world. 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
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