Nation of Beancounters

Why do we decieve ourselves?

Posted in Uncategorized by Navin Kumar on February 22, 2012

In our evolutionary past, we had to lie a lot to get ahead, to deal with parent-offspring conflict etc. We are better liars if we can convince ourselves that we are not liars. Hence, this leads to self-deception.

– Sandeep Balinga’s summary of the thesis of The Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception by Robert Trivers.

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