The Folly Of Fools By Robert Trivers

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Hannah Phearsdorf MBA 639 – Behavioral Finance Book Report 1 October 1, 2016 The Folly of Fools The Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life Our daily life is effortlessly painted by our ignorance and own deceit and self-deception. Our most prized possession, language, not only strengthens our ability to lie, but also greatly extends it scope. According to the book “The Folly of Fools – The Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life,” written by Robert Trivers, we as humans lie to ourselves to better lie to others. In this book, deceit and self-deception are analyzed from different perspectives of life and different perspectives scientifically. The main topics discussed are the evolutionary logic of self-deception, neurophysiology and levels of imposed self-deception, the psychology of self-deception, and self-deception and the structure of social sciences. In the text to follow, I will discuss each category in detail in hopes to better understand why as humans we are deceitful not only to others, but also to ourselves as well. To begin with, I will layout a foundation to further understand deceit and self-deception by looking at the evolutionary logic of self-deception. We can start by discussing the idea of natural selection. Natural selection refers the notion that certain individuals leave behind more offspring than others; therefore genetic traits of the reproductively successful tend to become more common over time. This is relevant because

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