A Brief History of Lies

An introduction to 30 years of research on why human beings lie, how it is linked to intelligence and its evolutionary purpose. With quotes from the famous who should have known better.

With Calvin Innes

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The visionary lies to himself, the liar only to others.
(Franklin D. Roosevelt)

Nobody speaks the truth when there’s something they must have.
(Elizabeth Bowen)


Why do we lie?

The answer may seem obvious to you because you know why you have, and even when you haven’t quite known the answer it was never important enough for you to fret over, especially when you got away with it. But in the very obviousness of the answer we all may be missing the deeper underlying reasons.

In a very interesting conversation I had with the respected Oxford anthropologist Bruce Corrie, he touched upon the natural order of things (in terms of evolution) and how everything we create and do, is a reflection of Nature. What is the evolutionary advantage in being able to lie? The answer to this also seems obvious until you ask yourself what the evolutionary advantage might be in lying to someone you love?
This short book looks at some of the most recent research done by psychologist, behaviorists, sociologists and security services and tries to shed some fascinating light upon the subject. Suggesting that lies go deeper than we ever expected before, because of our ability to lie to ourselves; and that what may have been a survival mechanism has not only come to be used inappropriately but for some becomes, if not a way-of-life, then the way life works.


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