By David Livingstone Smith
Deceit, mendacity, and falsehoods lie on the very middle of our cultural historical past. Even the founding delusion of the Judeo-Christian culture, the tale of Adam and Eve, revolves round a lie. Our likely insatiable urge for food for tales of deception spans the extremes of tradition from King Lear to Little crimson driving Hood, conserving a grip on our imaginations regardless of never-ending repetition. those stories of deception are so spell binding simply because they communicate to whatever primary within the human situation. the ubiquitous threat of deceit is a vital size of all human relationships, even the main imperative: our relations with our personal selves.
Why We Lie elucidates the fundamental function that deception and self-deception have performed in evolution and exhibits that the very constitution of our minds has been formed from our earliest beginnings by means of the necessity to mislead. Smith indicates us how, by way of studying the tales we inform, the falsehoods we weave, and the subconscious signs we ship out, we will be able to research a lot approximately ourselves and our minds.
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