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The folly of fools : the logic of deceit and self-deception in human life

Author: Robert Trivers
Publisher: New York, NY : Basic Books, ©2011.
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Explores the author's theorized evolutionary basis for self-deception, which he says is tied to group conflict, courtship, neurophysiology, and immunology, but can be negated by awareness of it and its results.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Trivers
ISBN: 9780465027552 0465027555 9780465028054 0465028055
OCLC Number: 701015481
Description: xvi, 397 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The evolutionary logic of self-deception : The evolution of self-deception ; Deception is everywhere ; What is self-deception ; Detecting deception in humans via cognitive load ; Self-deception is older than language ; Nine categories of self-deception ; The hallmarks of self-deception --
Deception in nature : The coevolutionary struggle between deceiver and deceived ; Frequency-dependent selection in butterflies ; An epic coevolutionary struggle ; Intelligence and deception ; Female mimics ; False alarm calls ; Camouflage ; Death and near-death acts ; Randomness as a strategy ; Deception may induce anger ; Animals may be conscious of deception ; Deception as an evolutionary game ; A deeper theory of deception --
Neurophysiology and levels of imposed self-deception : The neurophysiology of conscious knowledge ; The neurophysiology of thought suppression ; The irony of trying to suppress one's thoughts ; Improving deception through neural inhibition ; Unconscious self-recognition shows self-deception ; Can one half of the brain hide from the other? ; Imposed self-deception ; Implicit versus explicit self-esteem ; False confessions, torture, and flattery ; False memories of child abuse ; Is self-deception the psyche's immune system? ; The placebo effect --
Self-deception in the family, and the split self : Parent/offspring conflict ; Cases of extreme abuse ; Genomic imprinting ; Internal conflict from oppositely imprinted genes ; Parental manipulation and imprinting ; The effect of marital conflict on genetic conflict ; Imprinting and self-deception ; Deception in children ; Parental effects on children's deception --
Deceit, self-deception, and sex : Why sex? ; Two sexes, two coevolving species ; Deception and self-deception at courtship ; Whose baby is it? ; Male response to female infidelity ; Deceit and a woman's monthly cycle ; Men's self-deceit about female interest ; Male denial of homosexual tendencies ; Is self-deception good or bad for marriage? ; The appeal and danger of fantasy ; The pain of betrayal --
The immunology of self-deception : The immune system is expensive ; The importance of sleep ; Trade-offs with immunity ; Writing about trauma improves immune function ; Homosexuality and the effects of denial ; Positive affect and immune function ; The effects of music ; Positivity in old age ; An immunological theory of happiness --
The psychology of self-deception : Avoiding some information and seeking out other ; Biased encoding and interpretation of information ; Biased memory ; Rationalization and biased reporting ; Predicting future feelings ; Are all biases due to self-deception? ; Denial and projection ; Denial is self-reinforcing ; Your aggression, my self-defense ; Cognitive dissonance and self-justification ; Social effects of cognitive dissonance reduction ; Cognitive dissonance in monkeys and young children. Self-deception in everyday life : Sex differences in overconfidence ; Metaphors in the stock market ; Manipulative metaphors in life ; The name-letter effect ; Deceiving down and dummying up ; Face-ism ; Spam against anti-spam ; Humor, laughter, and self-deception ; Drugs and self-deception ; Vulnerability to manipulation by others ; Professional con artists ; Lie-detector tests --
Self-deception in aviation and space disasters : Air Florida Flight 90: doomed by self deception? ; Disaster 37,00 feet above the Amazon ; Eldar takes command: Aeroflot Flight 593 ; Simple pilot error: or pilot fatigue? ; Ice overpowers the pilots, airlines overpower the FAA ; The US approach to safety helps cause 9/11 ; The Challenger disaster ; The Columbia disaster ; Egypt and EgyptAir deny all ; Saved by lack of self-deception? --
False historical narratives : The US false historical narrative ; Control through small wars and installed proxies ; US history textbooks ; Larger view of US history ; The rewriting of Japanese history ; Turkey's holocaust denial ; A land without people for a people without land ; The founding of the state of Israel ; Voluntary flight or ethnic cleansing? ; Arab deceit and self-deception ; Christian Zionism ; First line of defense: cry "anti-Semite" ; Why false historical narratives? --
Self-deception and war : Chimpanzee raiding [arrow] human warfare ; Self-deception encourages warfare ; Derogation of others [arrow] fatal overconfidence ; The 2003 US war on Iraq ; Creating knowledge and then walling it off ; Can wars by won through bombing? ; Bombing to eradicate history and to reinforce it ; Carnage in Gaza ; Self-deception and the history of war --
Religion and self-deception : Cooperation within the group ; Religion: a recipe for self-deception ; Religion and health ; Parasites and religious diversity ; Why the bias against women? ; Power corrupts ; Religions impose mating systems ; Religion preaches against self-deception ; Intercessory prayer: does it work? ; Religion and support for suicide attacks ; Religion [arrow] self-righteousness [arrow] warfare --
Self-deception and the structure of the social sciences : Precedence of justice over truth? ; Success of science is based on anti-self-deception devices ; The more social the discipline, the more retarded its development ; Self-deception in biology ; Is economics a science? ; Cultural anthropology ; Psychology ; Psychoanalysis: self-deception in the study of self-deception ; Self-deception deforms disciplines --
Fighting self-deception in our own lives : To fight one's own self-deception or not? ; A series of minor victories followed by a major disaster ; Signals of underlying mental screw-ups ; Correcting of our own biases ; Why are we so compulsive? ; The value of being conscious ; The danger of fantasy in propagating deception ; The benefits of prayer and meditation ; Value of friends and counselors ; An invitation to self-deception and personal disaster ; A never-ending extravaganza.
Responsibility: Robert Trivers.

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Explores the author's theorized evolutionary basis for self-deception, which he says is tied to group conflict, courtship, neurophysiology, and immunology, but can be negated by awareness of it and its results.

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