[Paleopsych] David L. Smith: Natural-Born Liars

Alice Andrews andrewsa at newpaltz.edu
Wed Jul 6 20:42:34 UTC 2005

Dear paleos,

A member of this list--David 
Livingstone Smith--has a recent and 
very good article on self-deception in 
Scientific American...


And here's one of my favorite Trivers 
quote on deception:
"One of the most important things to 
realize about systems of animal 
communication is that they are not 
systems for the dissemination of  the 
truth." (From Social Evolution.)

All best,

ps I'm of the mind that there exists a 
continuum (like many traits)....That 
is, I believe that some (people) are 
more naturally self-deceptive than 

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