The Folly of Fools: The Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life

The Folly of Fools: The Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life

Whether it?s in a cockpit at takeoff or the planning of an offensive war, a romantic relationship or a dispute at the office, there are many opportunities to lie and self-deceive?but deceit and self-deception carry the costs of being alienated from reality and can lead to disaster. So why does deception play such a prominent role in our everyday lives? In short, why do we Whether it?s in a cockpit at takeoff or the planning of an offensive war, a romantic relationship or a dispute at th...

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  • Namrirru
    Oct 22, 2015

    the weaknesses of this book are all the more frustrating given the potentially highly important target the aims for ? an understanding of how biological self-deception leads to problematic errors and biases in our daily existence. three major weaknesses keep this book from reachin...

    A very personal, sometimes a little crazed exploration of the whole issue of self-deception from a leading and interesting evolutionary biologist. There are times when you can sense his out thereness. Indeed someone just told me he (at 70 or so) had been suspended from teaching because...

    I have been trying to convince myself to write reviews for all the books read, and this is a good time as ever to get started. Trivers summarized his main thesis more or less within the first two chapters of the book, and the rest are a series of commentary based on life examples, r...

    Robert Trivers?s new book is a curious document ? a book about deception and self-deception that is itself deceptive, in structure, voice and argument. A celebrated evolutionary biologist, Trivers uses the tools of his trade to answer a basic question: Why are deception and self...

    Do not be fooled by the summary, this book has no true topic. It reads as if Trivers posited an initial question and then decided to write a series of tangentially related chapters to fill the book. The introduction identifies an interesting question and then the remainder of the bo...

    Having read and studied widely in animal behavior/sociobiology since college, I was already aware of Trivers' work in the field. Having read several books about denial and related ideas in psychology, I thought this book would be a great embodiment of the overlapping area of that Venn ...

    Biologist Robert Trivers' book The Folly of Fools tells the manifest ways human beings deceive themselves, from politics and religion to science and everyday life. In the earlier portion of the book, Trivers traces the way in which self-deception involved in human beings and other anim...

    La naturaleza es una mentirosa. Los animales se camuflan para cazar a otros o no ser cazados por otros. No es la excepcin, sino la norma. Y nosotros? Pues no slo engaamos continuamente, sino que nos engaamos a nosotros mismos. Nos creemos mejores de lo que somos; todos creemo...

    Some interesting and unexpected insights that, as the author says, merit greater inspection. I understand that RT also made early contributions to evolutionary psychology. Clearly, one of those who marches to a different drummer. ...

    Difficilmente inquadrabile, Robert Trivers. Non ancora settantenne (ne compir 69 il 19 febbraio), considerato uno dei pi importanti studiosi dell?evoluzione contemporanei. Basti pensare che lui che ha scritto l?introduzione al libro sull?evoluzione pi influente degli ...

    This book is provocative and left me intrigued by the possibility that deception is endemic to life because it is evolutionally advantageous and that we engage in self-deception in order to better deceive others. I can't say that the book left me convinced of this, because (as Trivers ...

    The topic of this book in intriguing: "How do deception and self-deception impact human cognition and social interaction?" Trivers provides many examples of deception and self-deception, often with disastrous long-term consequences, but fails to weave all the threads of his topic into ...

    Well, it's pretty obvious that Robert Trivers has been pondering the concept of deceit and self-deception quite a bit. Having said that, it's a pity that such a interesting topic has been ruined by his lack of objectivity. There are multiple embarrassing accounts of his own experiences...

    This is a really interesting book, full of fascinating and thought-provoking ideas and arguments. I liked everything except the material on religion. As a student of human foibles, Robert Trivers should be especially aware of the self deception involved in religious belief. And at ...

    I read this ebook in Chinese, it turned out to have so much information inside that i took more time to read it with joy. Self-inflation, derogation of others, in-group feelings, a sense of power, the illusion of control, false social theories, false internal narratives, unconscious m...

    Overly simplistic descriptions of difficult subjects. The author moves from topic to topic in a meandering display. I love the topic, and forced myself to read as much as I could, but the conclusions and actions were far from clear. I would recommend reading Thinking Fast, Thinking S...

    Not sure if this was 100% real science. Or maybe 99%... Genes of mother and father vibrating to mom and dad's words? That's one step short of genes thinking for themselves. That's hard to believe and even harder to prove. Not sure if that's pseudoscience. Overall an interesting read o...

    Underwhelming book. The examples get tiresome and pretty soon, the section headings tell you all you need to know. I skip-read this. I was expecting it to be revelatory somehow but it was just plain obvious at times. ...

    The book contains some fascinating evolutionary psychology about deception and self-deception from an expert in the field. But the book became irritating when the author strayed into political issues in areas outside the science. ...

    Interesting, but academic. ...

    It took me a very long time to get through this. There is some very interesting stuff here but it seems like facts mixed in with editorial opinions. Sections tend to be very short but the whole thing feels disjointed. I think Trivers is an absolute genius and was disappointed that I wa...

    "We deceive ourselves the better to deceive others" (p3). Why do we lack self-knowledge and how does that affect us and other animals? Biologist Trivers treats this subject from many different sides; the biological and the personal-takes are the best. And his bashing of social sciences...

    I rarely give a book five stars, and only if I think it says something new and important. It?s not new that we humans practice deceit on others and ourselves, but Trivers takes the point much further. If human intelligence, which we love to lord over other species, is our defining qu...

    This book was, as a reality show contestant would say, a roller-coaster ride (reality shows: there's a subject of self-deception that Robert Trivers doesn't cover but could have had great fun mining). At first sight I thought it was going to be deadly dull. I haven't heard of Trivers, ...

    This has all the makings of a great book. It isn?t one. It?s OK, nothing more. With exception of the first few chapters, this book is a disjointed mess of speculation, personal anecdotes, and political opinion. Mind you, much of that is entertaining and sometimes well-written...

    'Folly' began well enough with a fair overview of the evolutionary rationale and selection pressure towards self-deception. Trivers was strongest when using ethological and biological examples to illustrate his point. The text quickly devolved into a rambling political tract that detra...

    I bought this book thinking - because the title was so explicit and Penguin had published it under its psychology series - that I knew what it was about and how it would play along. I was positively surprised at being wrong, the book turned out to give much more than I expected. The ma...

    "Another problem that baffles me is whence the anti-pleasure bias? It is often said by opponents of medical marijuana that we already have legal drugs that promote appetite or suppress pain, so why should we give in to illegal ones? Yet the latter also give pleasure, so that you surviv...

  • Ed
    Feb 17, 2014

    the weaknesses of this book are all the more frustrating given the potentially highly important target the aims for ? an understanding of how biological self-deception leads to problematic errors and biases in our daily existence. three major weaknesses keep this book from reachin...

    A very personal, sometimes a little crazed exploration of the whole issue of self-deception from a leading and interesting evolutionary biologist. There are times when you can sense his out thereness. Indeed someone just told me he (at 70 or so) had been suspended from teaching because...

  • Jim
    May 27, 2013

    the weaknesses of this book are all the more frustrating given the potentially highly important target the aims for ? an understanding of how biological self-deception leads to problematic errors and biases in our daily existence. three major weaknesses keep this book from reachin...

  • Noreen
    Jun 19, 2017

    the weaknesses of this book are all the more frustrating given the potentially highly important target the aims for ? an understanding of how biological self-deception leads to problematic errors and biases in our daily existence. three major weaknesses keep this book from reachin...

    A very personal, sometimes a little crazed exploration of the whole issue of self-deception from a leading and interesting evolutionary biologist. There are times when you can sense his out thereness. Indeed someone just told me he (at 70 or so) had been suspended from teaching because...

    I have been trying to convince myself to write reviews for all the books read, and this is a good time as ever to get started. Trivers summarized his main thesis more or less within the first two chapters of the book, and the rest are a series of commentary based on life examples, r...

    Robert Trivers?s new book is a curious document ? a book about deception and self-deception that is itself deceptive, in structure, voice and argument. A celebrated evolutionary biologist, Trivers uses the tools of his trade to answer a basic question: Why are deception and self...

    Do not be fooled by the summary, this book has no true topic. It reads as if Trivers posited an initial question and then decided to write a series of tangentially related chapters to fill the book. The introduction identifies an interesting question and then the remainder of the bo...

    Having read and studied widely in animal behavior/sociobiology since college, I was already aware of Trivers' work in the field. Having read several books about denial and related ideas in psychology, I thought this book would be a great embodiment of the overlapping area of that Venn ...

    Biologist Robert Trivers' book The Folly of Fools tells the manifest ways human beings deceive themselves, from politics and religion to science and everyday life. In the earlier portion of the book, Trivers traces the way in which self-deception involved in human beings and other anim...

    La naturaleza es una mentirosa. Los animales se camuflan para cazar a otros o no ser cazados por otros. No es la excepcin, sino la norma. Y nosotros? Pues no slo engaamos continuamente, sino que nos engaamos a nosotros mismos. Nos creemos mejores de lo que somos; todos creemo...

    Some interesting and unexpected insights that, as the author says, merit greater inspection. I understand that RT also made early contributions to evolutionary psychology. Clearly, one of those who marches to a different drummer. ...

    Difficilmente inquadrabile, Robert Trivers. Non ancora settantenne (ne compir 69 il 19 febbraio), considerato uno dei pi importanti studiosi dell?evoluzione contemporanei. Basti pensare che lui che ha scritto l?introduzione al libro sull?evoluzione pi influente degli ...

    This book is provocative and left me intrigued by the possibility that deception is endemic to life because it is evolutionally advantageous and that we engage in self-deception in order to better deceive others. I can't say that the book left me convinced of this, because (as Trivers ...

    The topic of this book in intriguing: "How do deception and self-deception impact human cognition and social interaction?" Trivers provides many examples of deception and self-deception, often with disastrous long-term consequences, but fails to weave all the threads of his topic into ...

    Well, it's pretty obvious that Robert Trivers has been pondering the concept of deceit and self-deception quite a bit. Having said that, it's a pity that such a interesting topic has been ruined by his lack of objectivity. There are multiple embarrassing accounts of his own experiences...

    This is a really interesting book, full of fascinating and thought-provoking ideas and arguments. I liked everything except the material on religion. As a student of human foibles, Robert Trivers should be especially aware of the self deception involved in religious belief. And at ...

  • Billie Pritchett
    May 10, 2015

    the weaknesses of this book are all the more frustrating given the potentially highly important target the aims for ? an understanding of how biological self-deception leads to problematic errors and biases in our daily existence. three major weaknesses keep this book from reachin...

    A very personal, sometimes a little crazed exploration of the whole issue of self-deception from a leading and interesting evolutionary biologist. There are times when you can sense his out thereness. Indeed someone just told me he (at 70 or so) had been suspended from teaching because...

    I have been trying to convince myself to write reviews for all the books read, and this is a good time as ever to get started. Trivers summarized his main thesis more or less within the first two chapters of the book, and the rest are a series of commentary based on life examples, r...

    Robert Trivers?s new book is a curious document ? a book about deception and self-deception that is itself deceptive, in structure, voice and argument. A celebrated evolutionary biologist, Trivers uses the tools of his trade to answer a basic question: Why are deception and self...

    Do not be fooled by the summary, this book has no true topic. It reads as if Trivers posited an initial question and then decided to write a series of tangentially related chapters to fill the book. The introduction identifies an interesting question and then the remainder of the bo...

    Having read and studied widely in animal behavior/sociobiology since college, I was already aware of Trivers' work in the field. Having read several books about denial and related ideas in psychology, I thought this book would be a great embodiment of the overlapping area of that Venn ...

    Biologist Robert Trivers' book The Folly of Fools tells the manifest ways human beings deceive themselves, from politics and religion to science and everyday life. In the earlier portion of the book, Trivers traces the way in which self-deception involved in human beings and other anim...

  • Wilte
    Jul 27, 2012

    the weaknesses of this book are all the more frustrating given the potentially highly important target the aims for ? an understanding of how biological self-deception leads to problematic errors and biases in our daily existence. three major weaknesses keep this book from reachin...

    A very personal, sometimes a little crazed exploration of the whole issue of self-deception from a leading and interesting evolutionary biologist. There are times when you can sense his out thereness. Indeed someone just told me he (at 70 or so) had been suspended from teaching because...

    I have been trying to convince myself to write reviews for all the books read, and this is a good time as ever to get started. Trivers summarized his main thesis more or less within the first two chapters of the book, and the rest are a series of commentary based on life examples, r...

    Robert Trivers?s new book is a curious document ? a book about deception and self-deception that is itself deceptive, in structure, voice and argument. A celebrated evolutionary biologist, Trivers uses the tools of his trade to answer a basic question: Why are deception and self...

    Do not be fooled by the summary, this book has no true topic. It reads as if Trivers posited an initial question and then decided to write a series of tangentially related chapters to fill the book. The introduction identifies an interesting question and then the remainder of the bo...

    Having read and studied widely in animal behavior/sociobiology since college, I was already aware of Trivers' work in the field. Having read several books about denial and related ideas in psychology, I thought this book would be a great embodiment of the overlapping area of that Venn ...

    Biologist Robert Trivers' book The Folly of Fools tells the manifest ways human beings deceive themselves, from politics and religion to science and everyday life. In the earlier portion of the book, Trivers traces the way in which self-deception involved in human beings and other anim...

    La naturaleza es una mentirosa. Los animales se camuflan para cazar a otros o no ser cazados por otros. No es la excepcin, sino la norma. Y nosotros? Pues no slo engaamos continuamente, sino que nos engaamos a nosotros mismos. Nos creemos mejores de lo que somos; todos creemo...

    Some interesting and unexpected insights that, as the author says, merit greater inspection. I understand that RT also made early contributions to evolutionary psychology. Clearly, one of those who marches to a different drummer. ...

    Difficilmente inquadrabile, Robert Trivers. Non ancora settantenne (ne compir 69 il 19 febbraio), considerato uno dei pi importanti studiosi dell?evoluzione contemporanei. Basti pensare che lui che ha scritto l?introduzione al libro sull?evoluzione pi influente degli ...

    This book is provocative and left me intrigued by the possibility that deception is endemic to life because it is evolutionally advantageous and that we engage in self-deception in order to better deceive others. I can't say that the book left me convinced of this, because (as Trivers ...

    The topic of this book in intriguing: "How do deception and self-deception impact human cognition and social interaction?" Trivers provides many examples of deception and self-deception, often with disastrous long-term consequences, but fails to weave all the threads of his topic into ...

    Well, it's pretty obvious that Robert Trivers has been pondering the concept of deceit and self-deception quite a bit. Having said that, it's a pity that such a interesting topic has been ruined by his lack of objectivity. There are multiple embarrassing accounts of his own experiences...

    This is a really interesting book, full of fascinating and thought-provoking ideas and arguments. I liked everything except the material on religion. As a student of human foibles, Robert Trivers should be especially aware of the self deception involved in religious belief. And at ...

    I read this ebook in Chinese, it turned out to have so much information inside that i took more time to read it with joy. Self-inflation, derogation of others, in-group feelings, a sense of power, the illusion of control, false social theories, false internal narratives, unconscious m...

    Overly simplistic descriptions of difficult subjects. The author moves from topic to topic in a meandering display. I love the topic, and forced myself to read as much as I could, but the conclusions and actions were far from clear. I would recommend reading Thinking Fast, Thinking S...

    Not sure if this was 100% real science. Or maybe 99%... Genes of mother and father vibrating to mom and dad's words? That's one step short of genes thinking for themselves. That's hard to believe and even harder to prove. Not sure if that's pseudoscience. Overall an interesting read o...

    Underwhelming book. The examples get tiresome and pretty soon, the section headings tell you all you need to know. I skip-read this. I was expecting it to be revelatory somehow but it was just plain obvious at times. ...

    The book contains some fascinating evolutionary psychology about deception and self-deception from an expert in the field. But the book became irritating when the author strayed into political issues in areas outside the science. ...

    Interesting, but academic. ...

    It took me a very long time to get through this. There is some very interesting stuff here but it seems like facts mixed in with editorial opinions. Sections tend to be very short but the whole thing feels disjointed. I think Trivers is an absolute genius and was disappointed that I wa...

    "We deceive ourselves the better to deceive others" (p3). Why do we lack self-knowledge and how does that affect us and other animals? Biologist Trivers treats this subject from many different sides; the biological and the personal-takes are the best. And his bashing of social sciences...

  • Frank
    Jul 26, 2012

    the weaknesses of this book are all the more frustrating given the potentially highly important target the aims for ? an understanding of how biological self-deception leads to problematic errors and biases in our daily existence. three major weaknesses keep this book from reachin...

    A very personal, sometimes a little crazed exploration of the whole issue of self-deception from a leading and interesting evolutionary biologist. There are times when you can sense his out thereness. Indeed someone just told me he (at 70 or so) had been suspended from teaching because...

    I have been trying to convince myself to write reviews for all the books read, and this is a good time as ever to get started. Trivers summarized his main thesis more or less within the first two chapters of the book, and the rest are a series of commentary based on life examples, r...

    Robert Trivers?s new book is a curious document ? a book about deception and self-deception that is itself deceptive, in structure, voice and argument. A celebrated evolutionary biologist, Trivers uses the tools of his trade to answer a basic question: Why are deception and self...

    Do not be fooled by the summary, this book has no true topic. It reads as if Trivers posited an initial question and then decided to write a series of tangentially related chapters to fill the book. The introduction identifies an interesting question and then the remainder of the bo...

    Having read and studied widely in animal behavior/sociobiology since college, I was already aware of Trivers' work in the field. Having read several books about denial and related ideas in psychology, I thought this book would be a great embodiment of the overlapping area of that Venn ...

    Biologist Robert Trivers' book The Folly of Fools tells the manifest ways human beings deceive themselves, from politics and religion to science and everyday life. In the earlier portion of the book, Trivers traces the way in which self-deception involved in human beings and other anim...

    La naturaleza es una mentirosa. Los animales se camuflan para cazar a otros o no ser cazados por otros. No es la excepcin, sino la norma. Y nosotros? Pues no slo engaamos continuamente, sino que nos engaamos a nosotros mismos. Nos creemos mejores de lo que somos; todos creemo...

    Some interesting and unexpected insights that, as the author says, merit greater inspection. I understand that RT also made early contributions to evolutionary psychology. Clearly, one of those who marches to a different drummer. ...

  • Marja
    Apr 11, 2013

    the weaknesses of this book are all the more frustrating given the potentially highly important target the aims for ? an understanding of how biological self-deception leads to problematic errors and biases in our daily existence. three major weaknesses keep this book from reachin...

    A very personal, sometimes a little crazed exploration of the whole issue of self-deception from a leading and interesting evolutionary biologist. There are times when you can sense his out thereness. Indeed someone just told me he (at 70 or so) had been suspended from teaching because...

    I have been trying to convince myself to write reviews for all the books read, and this is a good time as ever to get started. Trivers summarized his main thesis more or less within the first two chapters of the book, and the rest are a series of commentary based on life examples, r...

    Robert Trivers?s new book is a curious document ? a book about deception and self-deception that is itself deceptive, in structure, voice and argument. A celebrated evolutionary biologist, Trivers uses the tools of his trade to answer a basic question: Why are deception and self...

    Do not be fooled by the summary, this book has no true topic. It reads as if Trivers posited an initial question and then decided to write a series of tangentially related chapters to fill the book. The introduction identifies an interesting question and then the remainder of the bo...

    Having read and studied widely in animal behavior/sociobiology since college, I was already aware of Trivers' work in the field. Having read several books about denial and related ideas in psychology, I thought this book would be a great embodiment of the overlapping area of that Venn ...

    Biologist Robert Trivers' book The Folly of Fools tells the manifest ways human beings deceive themselves, from politics and religion to science and everyday life. In the earlier portion of the book, Trivers traces the way in which self-deception involved in human beings and other anim...

    La naturaleza es una mentirosa. Los animales se camuflan para cazar a otros o no ser cazados por otros. No es la excepcin, sino la norma. Y nosotros? Pues no slo engaamos continuamente, sino que nos engaamos a nosotros mismos. Nos creemos mejores de lo que somos; todos creemo...

    Some interesting and unexpected insights that, as the author says, merit greater inspection. I understand that RT also made early contributions to evolutionary psychology. Clearly, one of those who marches to a different drummer. ...

    Difficilmente inquadrabile, Robert Trivers. Non ancora settantenne (ne compir 69 il 19 febbraio), considerato uno dei pi importanti studiosi dell?evoluzione contemporanei. Basti pensare che lui che ha scritto l?introduzione al libro sull?evoluzione pi influente degli ...

    This book is provocative and left me intrigued by the possibility that deception is endemic to life because it is evolutionally advantageous and that we engage in self-deception in order to better deceive others. I can't say that the book left me convinced of this, because (as Trivers ...

    The topic of this book in intriguing: "How do deception and self-deception impact human cognition and social interaction?" Trivers provides many examples of deception and self-deception, often with disastrous long-term consequences, but fails to weave all the threads of his topic into ...

    Well, it's pretty obvious that Robert Trivers has been pondering the concept of deceit and self-deception quite a bit. Having said that, it's a pity that such a interesting topic has been ruined by his lack of objectivity. There are multiple embarrassing accounts of his own experiences...

  • Eduardo
    Jan 24, 2012

    the weaknesses of this book are all the more frustrating given the potentially highly important target the aims for ? an understanding of how biological self-deception leads to problematic errors and biases in our daily existence. three major weaknesses keep this book from reachin...

    A very personal, sometimes a little crazed exploration of the whole issue of self-deception from a leading and interesting evolutionary biologist. There are times when you can sense his out thereness. Indeed someone just told me he (at 70 or so) had been suspended from teaching because...

    I have been trying to convince myself to write reviews for all the books read, and this is a good time as ever to get started. Trivers summarized his main thesis more or less within the first two chapters of the book, and the rest are a series of commentary based on life examples, r...

    Robert Trivers?s new book is a curious document ? a book about deception and self-deception that is itself deceptive, in structure, voice and argument. A celebrated evolutionary biologist, Trivers uses the tools of his trade to answer a basic question: Why are deception and self...

    Do not be fooled by the summary, this book has no true topic. It reads as if Trivers posited an initial question and then decided to write a series of tangentially related chapters to fill the book. The introduction identifies an interesting question and then the remainder of the bo...

    Having read and studied widely in animal behavior/sociobiology since college, I was already aware of Trivers' work in the field. Having read several books about denial and related ideas in psychology, I thought this book would be a great embodiment of the overlapping area of that Venn ...

  • adriana
    Jul 13, 2014

    the weaknesses of this book are all the more frustrating given the potentially highly important target the aims for ? an understanding of how biological self-deception leads to problematic errors and biases in our daily existence. three major weaknesses keep this book from reachin...

    A very personal, sometimes a little crazed exploration of the whole issue of self-deception from a leading and interesting evolutionary biologist. There are times when you can sense his out thereness. Indeed someone just told me he (at 70 or so) had been suspended from teaching because...

    I have been trying to convince myself to write reviews for all the books read, and this is a good time as ever to get started. Trivers summarized his main thesis more or less within the first two chapters of the book, and the rest are a series of commentary based on life examples, r...

    Robert Trivers?s new book is a curious document ? a book about deception and self-deception that is itself deceptive, in structure, voice and argument. A celebrated evolutionary biologist, Trivers uses the tools of his trade to answer a basic question: Why are deception and self...

    Do not be fooled by the summary, this book has no true topic. It reads as if Trivers posited an initial question and then decided to write a series of tangentially related chapters to fill the book. The introduction identifies an interesting question and then the remainder of the bo...

    Having read and studied widely in animal behavior/sociobiology since college, I was already aware of Trivers' work in the field. Having read several books about denial and related ideas in psychology, I thought this book would be a great embodiment of the overlapping area of that Venn ...

    Biologist Robert Trivers' book The Folly of Fools tells the manifest ways human beings deceive themselves, from politics and religion to science and everyday life. In the earlier portion of the book, Trivers traces the way in which self-deception involved in human beings and other anim...

    La naturaleza es una mentirosa. Los animales se camuflan para cazar a otros o no ser cazados por otros. No es la excepcin, sino la norma. Y nosotros? Pues no slo engaamos continuamente, sino que nos engaamos a nosotros mismos. Nos creemos mejores de lo que somos; todos creemo...

    Some interesting and unexpected insights that, as the author says, merit greater inspection. I understand that RT also made early contributions to evolutionary psychology. Clearly, one of those who marches to a different drummer. ...

    Difficilmente inquadrabile, Robert Trivers. Non ancora settantenne (ne compir 69 il 19 febbraio), considerato uno dei pi importanti studiosi dell?evoluzione contemporanei. Basti pensare che lui che ha scritto l?introduzione al libro sull?evoluzione pi influente degli ...

    This book is provocative and left me intrigued by the possibility that deception is endemic to life because it is evolutionally advantageous and that we engage in self-deception in order to better deceive others. I can't say that the book left me convinced of this, because (as Trivers ...

    The topic of this book in intriguing: "How do deception and self-deception impact human cognition and social interaction?" Trivers provides many examples of deception and self-deception, often with disastrous long-term consequences, but fails to weave all the threads of his topic into ...

    Well, it's pretty obvious that Robert Trivers has been pondering the concept of deceit and self-deception quite a bit. Having said that, it's a pity that such a interesting topic has been ruined by his lack of objectivity. There are multiple embarrassing accounts of his own experiences...

    This is a really interesting book, full of fascinating and thought-provoking ideas and arguments. I liked everything except the material on religion. As a student of human foibles, Robert Trivers should be especially aware of the self deception involved in religious belief. And at ...

    I read this ebook in Chinese, it turned out to have so much information inside that i took more time to read it with joy. Self-inflation, derogation of others, in-group feelings, a sense of power, the illusion of control, false social theories, false internal narratives, unconscious m...

    Overly simplistic descriptions of difficult subjects. The author moves from topic to topic in a meandering display. I love the topic, and forced myself to read as much as I could, but the conclusions and actions were far from clear. I would recommend reading Thinking Fast, Thinking S...

    Not sure if this was 100% real science. Or maybe 99%... Genes of mother and father vibrating to mom and dad's words? That's one step short of genes thinking for themselves. That's hard to believe and even harder to prove. Not sure if that's pseudoscience. Overall an interesting read o...

    Underwhelming book. The examples get tiresome and pretty soon, the section headings tell you all you need to know. I skip-read this. I was expecting it to be revelatory somehow but it was just plain obvious at times. ...

    The book contains some fascinating evolutionary psychology about deception and self-deception from an expert in the field. But the book became irritating when the author strayed into political issues in areas outside the science. ...

    Interesting, but academic. ...

    It took me a very long time to get through this. There is some very interesting stuff here but it seems like facts mixed in with editorial opinions. Sections tend to be very short but the whole thing feels disjointed. I think Trivers is an absolute genius and was disappointed that I wa...

    "We deceive ourselves the better to deceive others" (p3). Why do we lack self-knowledge and how does that affect us and other animals? Biologist Trivers treats this subject from many different sides; the biological and the personal-takes are the best. And his bashing of social sciences...

    I rarely give a book five stars, and only if I think it says something new and important. It?s not new that we humans practice deceit on others and ourselves, but Trivers takes the point much further. If human intelligence, which we love to lord over other species, is our defining qu...

    This book was, as a reality show contestant would say, a roller-coaster ride (reality shows: there's a subject of self-deception that Robert Trivers doesn't cover but could have had great fun mining). At first sight I thought it was going to be deadly dull. I haven't heard of Trivers, ...

    This has all the makings of a great book. It isn?t one. It?s OK, nothing more. With exception of the first few chapters, this book is a disjointed mess of speculation, personal anecdotes, and political opinion. Mind you, much of that is entertaining and sometimes well-written...

    'Folly' began well enough with a fair overview of the evolutionary rationale and selection pressure towards self-deception. Trivers was strongest when using ethological and biological examples to illustrate his point. The text quickly devolved into a rambling political tract that detra...

    I bought this book thinking - because the title was so explicit and Penguin had published it under its psychology series - that I knew what it was about and how it would play along. I was positively surprised at being wrong, the book turned out to give much more than I expected. The ma...

  • Priyanka
    Nov 10, 2017

    the weaknesses of this book are all the more frustrating given the potentially highly important target the aims for ? an understanding of how biological self-deception leads to problematic errors and biases in our daily existence. three major weaknesses keep this book from reachin...

    A very personal, sometimes a little crazed exploration of the whole issue of self-deception from a leading and interesting evolutionary biologist. There are times when you can sense his out thereness. Indeed someone just told me he (at 70 or so) had been suspended from teaching because...

    I have been trying to convince myself to write reviews for all the books read, and this is a good time as ever to get started. Trivers summarized his main thesis more or less within the first two chapters of the book, and the rest are a series of commentary based on life examples, r...

    Robert Trivers?s new book is a curious document ? a book about deception and self-deception that is itself deceptive, in structure, voice and argument. A celebrated evolutionary biologist, Trivers uses the tools of his trade to answer a basic question: Why are deception and self...

    Do not be fooled by the summary, this book has no true topic. It reads as if Trivers posited an initial question and then decided to write a series of tangentially related chapters to fill the book. The introduction identifies an interesting question and then the remainder of the bo...

    Having read and studied widely in animal behavior/sociobiology since college, I was already aware of Trivers' work in the field. Having read several books about denial and related ideas in psychology, I thought this book would be a great embodiment of the overlapping area of that Venn ...

    Biologist Robert Trivers' book The Folly of Fools tells the manifest ways human beings deceive themselves, from politics and religion to science and everyday life. In the earlier portion of the book, Trivers traces the way in which self-deception involved in human beings and other anim...

    La naturaleza es una mentirosa. Los animales se camuflan para cazar a otros o no ser cazados por otros. No es la excepcin, sino la norma. Y nosotros? Pues no slo engaamos continuamente, sino que nos engaamos a nosotros mismos. Nos creemos mejores de lo que somos; todos creemo...

    Some interesting and unexpected insights that, as the author says, merit greater inspection. I understand that RT also made early contributions to evolutionary psychology. Clearly, one of those who marches to a different drummer. ...

    Difficilmente inquadrabile, Robert Trivers. Non ancora settantenne (ne compir 69 il 19 febbraio), considerato uno dei pi importanti studiosi dell?evoluzione contemporanei. Basti pensare che lui che ha scritto l?introduzione al libro sull?evoluzione pi influente degli ...

    This book is provocative and left me intrigued by the possibility that deception is endemic to life because it is evolutionally advantageous and that we engage in self-deception in order to better deceive others. I can't say that the book left me convinced of this, because (as Trivers ...

    The topic of this book in intriguing: "How do deception and self-deception impact human cognition and social interaction?" Trivers provides many examples of deception and self-deception, often with disastrous long-term consequences, but fails to weave all the threads of his topic into ...

    Well, it's pretty obvious that Robert Trivers has been pondering the concept of deceit and self-deception quite a bit. Having said that, it's a pity that such a interesting topic has been ruined by his lack of objectivity. There are multiple embarrassing accounts of his own experiences...

    This is a really interesting book, full of fascinating and thought-provoking ideas and arguments. I liked everything except the material on religion. As a student of human foibles, Robert Trivers should be especially aware of the self deception involved in religious belief. And at ...

    I read this ebook in Chinese, it turned out to have so much information inside that i took more time to read it with joy. Self-inflation, derogation of others, in-group feelings, a sense of power, the illusion of control, false social theories, false internal narratives, unconscious m...

    Overly simplistic descriptions of difficult subjects. The author moves from topic to topic in a meandering display. I love the topic, and forced myself to read as much as I could, but the conclusions and actions were far from clear. I would recommend reading Thinking Fast, Thinking S...

    Not sure if this was 100% real science. Or maybe 99%... Genes of mother and father vibrating to mom and dad's words? That's one step short of genes thinking for themselves. That's hard to believe and even harder to prove. Not sure if that's pseudoscience. Overall an interesting read o...

    Underwhelming book. The examples get tiresome and pretty soon, the section headings tell you all you need to know. I skip-read this. I was expecting it to be revelatory somehow but it was just plain obvious at times. ...

  • Thore Husfeldt
    Jul 14, 2014

    the weaknesses of this book are all the more frustrating given the potentially highly important target the aims for ? an understanding of how biological self-deception leads to problematic errors and biases in our daily existence. three major weaknesses keep this book from reachin...

    A very personal, sometimes a little crazed exploration of the whole issue of self-deception from a leading and interesting evolutionary biologist. There are times when you can sense his out thereness. Indeed someone just told me he (at 70 or so) had been suspended from teaching because...

    I have been trying to convince myself to write reviews for all the books read, and this is a good time as ever to get started. Trivers summarized his main thesis more or less within the first two chapters of the book, and the rest are a series of commentary based on life examples, r...

    Robert Trivers?s new book is a curious document ? a book about deception and self-deception that is itself deceptive, in structure, voice and argument. A celebrated evolutionary biologist, Trivers uses the tools of his trade to answer a basic question: Why are deception and self...

    Do not be fooled by the summary, this book has no true topic. It reads as if Trivers posited an initial question and then decided to write a series of tangentially related chapters to fill the book. The introduction identifies an interesting question and then the remainder of the bo...

    Having read and studied widely in animal behavior/sociobiology since college, I was already aware of Trivers' work in the field. Having read several books about denial and related ideas in psychology, I thought this book would be a great embodiment of the overlapping area of that Venn ...

    Biologist Robert Trivers' book The Folly of Fools tells the manifest ways human beings deceive themselves, from politics and religion to science and everyday life. In the earlier portion of the book, Trivers traces the way in which self-deception involved in human beings and other anim...

    La naturaleza es una mentirosa. Los animales se camuflan para cazar a otros o no ser cazados por otros. No es la excepcin, sino la norma. Y nosotros? Pues no slo engaamos continuamente, sino que nos engaamos a nosotros mismos. Nos creemos mejores de lo que somos; todos creemo...

    Some interesting and unexpected insights that, as the author says, merit greater inspection. I understand that RT also made early contributions to evolutionary psychology. Clearly, one of those who marches to a different drummer. ...

    Difficilmente inquadrabile, Robert Trivers. Non ancora settantenne (ne compir 69 il 19 febbraio), considerato uno dei pi importanti studiosi dell?evoluzione contemporanei. Basti pensare che lui che ha scritto l?introduzione al libro sull?evoluzione pi influente degli ...

    This book is provocative and left me intrigued by the possibility that deception is endemic to life because it is evolutionally advantageous and that we engage in self-deception in order to better deceive others. I can't say that the book left me convinced of this, because (as Trivers ...

    The topic of this book in intriguing: "How do deception and self-deception impact human cognition and social interaction?" Trivers provides many examples of deception and self-deception, often with disastrous long-term consequences, but fails to weave all the threads of his topic into ...

    Well, it's pretty obvious that Robert Trivers has been pondering the concept of deceit and self-deception quite a bit. Having said that, it's a pity that such a interesting topic has been ruined by his lack of objectivity. There are multiple embarrassing accounts of his own experiences...

    This is a really interesting book, full of fascinating and thought-provoking ideas and arguments. I liked everything except the material on religion. As a student of human foibles, Robert Trivers should be especially aware of the self deception involved in religious belief. And at ...

    I read this ebook in Chinese, it turned out to have so much information inside that i took more time to read it with joy. Self-inflation, derogation of others, in-group feelings, a sense of power, the illusion of control, false social theories, false internal narratives, unconscious m...

    Overly simplistic descriptions of difficult subjects. The author moves from topic to topic in a meandering display. I love the topic, and forced myself to read as much as I could, but the conclusions and actions were far from clear. I would recommend reading Thinking Fast, Thinking S...

    Not sure if this was 100% real science. Or maybe 99%... Genes of mother and father vibrating to mom and dad's words? That's one step short of genes thinking for themselves. That's hard to believe and even harder to prove. Not sure if that's pseudoscience. Overall an interesting read o...

    Underwhelming book. The examples get tiresome and pretty soon, the section headings tell you all you need to know. I skip-read this. I was expecting it to be revelatory somehow but it was just plain obvious at times. ...

    The book contains some fascinating evolutionary psychology about deception and self-deception from an expert in the field. But the book became irritating when the author strayed into political issues in areas outside the science. ...

    Interesting, but academic. ...

    It took me a very long time to get through this. There is some very interesting stuff here but it seems like facts mixed in with editorial opinions. Sections tend to be very short but the whole thing feels disjointed. I think Trivers is an absolute genius and was disappointed that I wa...

    "We deceive ourselves the better to deceive others" (p3). Why do we lack self-knowledge and how does that affect us and other animals? Biologist Trivers treats this subject from many different sides; the biological and the personal-takes are the best. And his bashing of social sciences...

    I rarely give a book five stars, and only if I think it says something new and important. It?s not new that we humans practice deceit on others and ourselves, but Trivers takes the point much further. If human intelligence, which we love to lord over other species, is our defining qu...

    This book was, as a reality show contestant would say, a roller-coaster ride (reality shows: there's a subject of self-deception that Robert Trivers doesn't cover but could have had great fun mining). At first sight I thought it was going to be deadly dull. I haven't heard of Trivers, ...

    This has all the makings of a great book. It isn?t one. It?s OK, nothing more. With exception of the first few chapters, this book is a disjointed mess of speculation, personal anecdotes, and political opinion. Mind you, much of that is entertaining and sometimes well-written...

  • Long Nguyen
    Jun 10, 2012

    the weaknesses of this book are all the more frustrating given the potentially highly important target the aims for ? an understanding of how biological self-deception leads to problematic errors and biases in our daily existence. three major weaknesses keep this book from reachin...

    A very personal, sometimes a little crazed exploration of the whole issue of self-deception from a leading and interesting evolutionary biologist. There are times when you can sense his out thereness. Indeed someone just told me he (at 70 or so) had been suspended from teaching because...

    I have been trying to convince myself to write reviews for all the books read, and this is a good time as ever to get started. Trivers summarized his main thesis more or less within the first two chapters of the book, and the rest are a series of commentary based on life examples, r...

  • Brian Clegg
    Oct 07, 2011

    the weaknesses of this book are all the more frustrating given the potentially highly important target the aims for ? an understanding of how biological self-deception leads to problematic errors and biases in our daily existence. three major weaknesses keep this book from reachin...

    A very personal, sometimes a little crazed exploration of the whole issue of self-deception from a leading and interesting evolutionary biologist. There are times when you can sense his out thereness. Indeed someone just told me he (at 70 or so) had been suspended from teaching because...

    I have been trying to convince myself to write reviews for all the books read, and this is a good time as ever to get started. Trivers summarized his main thesis more or less within the first two chapters of the book, and the rest are a series of commentary based on life examples, r...

    Robert Trivers?s new book is a curious document ? a book about deception and self-deception that is itself deceptive, in structure, voice and argument. A celebrated evolutionary biologist, Trivers uses the tools of his trade to answer a basic question: Why are deception and self...

    Do not be fooled by the summary, this book has no true topic. It reads as if Trivers posited an initial question and then decided to write a series of tangentially related chapters to fill the book. The introduction identifies an interesting question and then the remainder of the bo...

    Having read and studied widely in animal behavior/sociobiology since college, I was already aware of Trivers' work in the field. Having read several books about denial and related ideas in psychology, I thought this book would be a great embodiment of the overlapping area of that Venn ...

    Biologist Robert Trivers' book The Folly of Fools tells the manifest ways human beings deceive themselves, from politics and religion to science and everyday life. In the earlier portion of the book, Trivers traces the way in which self-deception involved in human beings and other anim...

    La naturaleza es una mentirosa. Los animales se camuflan para cazar a otros o no ser cazados por otros. No es la excepcin, sino la norma. Y nosotros? Pues no slo engaamos continuamente, sino que nos engaamos a nosotros mismos. Nos creemos mejores de lo que somos; todos creemo...

    Some interesting and unexpected insights that, as the author says, merit greater inspection. I understand that RT also made early contributions to evolutionary psychology. Clearly, one of those who marches to a different drummer. ...

    Difficilmente inquadrabile, Robert Trivers. Non ancora settantenne (ne compir 69 il 19 febbraio), considerato uno dei pi importanti studiosi dell?evoluzione contemporanei. Basti pensare che lui che ha scritto l?introduzione al libro sull?evoluzione pi influente degli ...

    This book is provocative and left me intrigued by the possibility that deception is endemic to life because it is evolutionally advantageous and that we engage in self-deception in order to better deceive others. I can't say that the book left me convinced of this, because (as Trivers ...

    The topic of this book in intriguing: "How do deception and self-deception impact human cognition and social interaction?" Trivers provides many examples of deception and self-deception, often with disastrous long-term consequences, but fails to weave all the threads of his topic into ...

    Well, it's pretty obvious that Robert Trivers has been pondering the concept of deceit and self-deception quite a bit. Having said that, it's a pity that such a interesting topic has been ruined by his lack of objectivity. There are multiple embarrassing accounts of his own experiences...

    This is a really interesting book, full of fascinating and thought-provoking ideas and arguments. I liked everything except the material on religion. As a student of human foibles, Robert Trivers should be especially aware of the self deception involved in religious belief. And at ...

    I read this ebook in Chinese, it turned out to have so much information inside that i took more time to read it with joy. Self-inflation, derogation of others, in-group feelings, a sense of power, the illusion of control, false social theories, false internal narratives, unconscious m...

    Overly simplistic descriptions of difficult subjects. The author moves from topic to topic in a meandering display. I love the topic, and forced myself to read as much as I could, but the conclusions and actions were far from clear. I would recommend reading Thinking Fast, Thinking S...

    Not sure if this was 100% real science. Or maybe 99%... Genes of mother and father vibrating to mom and dad's words? That's one step short of genes thinking for themselves. That's hard to believe and even harder to prove. Not sure if that's pseudoscience. Overall an interesting read o...

    Underwhelming book. The examples get tiresome and pretty soon, the section headings tell you all you need to know. I skip-read this. I was expecting it to be revelatory somehow but it was just plain obvious at times. ...

    The book contains some fascinating evolutionary psychology about deception and self-deception from an expert in the field. But the book became irritating when the author strayed into political issues in areas outside the science. ...

    Interesting, but academic. ...

    It took me a very long time to get through this. There is some very interesting stuff here but it seems like facts mixed in with editorial opinions. Sections tend to be very short but the whole thing feels disjointed. I think Trivers is an absolute genius and was disappointed that I wa...

    "We deceive ourselves the better to deceive others" (p3). Why do we lack self-knowledge and how does that affect us and other animals? Biologist Trivers treats this subject from many different sides; the biological and the personal-takes are the best. And his bashing of social sciences...

    I rarely give a book five stars, and only if I think it says something new and important. It?s not new that we humans practice deceit on others and ourselves, but Trivers takes the point much further. If human intelligence, which we love to lord over other species, is our defining qu...

    This book was, as a reality show contestant would say, a roller-coaster ride (reality shows: there's a subject of self-deception that Robert Trivers doesn't cover but could have had great fun mining). At first sight I thought it was going to be deadly dull. I haven't heard of Trivers, ...

  • Boris Limpopo
    Feb 04, 2012

    the weaknesses of this book are all the more frustrating given the potentially highly important target the aims for ? an understanding of how biological self-deception leads to problematic errors and biases in our daily existence. three major weaknesses keep this book from reachin...

    A very personal, sometimes a little crazed exploration of the whole issue of self-deception from a leading and interesting evolutionary biologist. There are times when you can sense his out thereness. Indeed someone just told me he (at 70 or so) had been suspended from teaching because...

    I have been trying to convince myself to write reviews for all the books read, and this is a good time as ever to get started. Trivers summarized his main thesis more or less within the first two chapters of the book, and the rest are a series of commentary based on life examples, r...

    Robert Trivers?s new book is a curious document ? a book about deception and self-deception that is itself deceptive, in structure, voice and argument. A celebrated evolutionary biologist, Trivers uses the tools of his trade to answer a basic question: Why are deception and self...

    Do not be fooled by the summary, this book has no true topic. It reads as if Trivers posited an initial question and then decided to write a series of tangentially related chapters to fill the book. The introduction identifies an interesting question and then the remainder of the bo...

    Having read and studied widely in animal behavior/sociobiology since college, I was already aware of Trivers' work in the field. Having read several books about denial and related ideas in psychology, I thought this book would be a great embodiment of the overlapping area of that Venn ...

    Biologist Robert Trivers' book The Folly of Fools tells the manifest ways human beings deceive themselves, from politics and religion to science and everyday life. In the earlier portion of the book, Trivers traces the way in which self-deception involved in human beings and other anim...

    La naturaleza es una mentirosa. Los animales se camuflan para cazar a otros o no ser cazados por otros. No es la excepcin, sino la norma. Y nosotros? Pues no slo engaamos continuamente, sino que nos engaamos a nosotros mismos. Nos creemos mejores de lo que somos; todos creemo...

    Some interesting and unexpected insights that, as the author says, merit greater inspection. I understand that RT also made early contributions to evolutionary psychology. Clearly, one of those who marches to a different drummer. ...

    Difficilmente inquadrabile, Robert Trivers. Non ancora settantenne (ne compir 69 il 19 febbraio), considerato uno dei pi importanti studiosi dell?evoluzione contemporanei. Basti pensare che lui che ha scritto l?introduzione al libro sull?evoluzione pi influente degli ...

  • ☘Misericordia☘  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈   ❂❤❣
    Aug 17, 2017

    the weaknesses of this book are all the more frustrating given the potentially highly important target the aims for ? an understanding of how biological self-deception leads to problematic errors and biases in our daily existence. three major weaknesses keep this book from reachin...

    A very personal, sometimes a little crazed exploration of the whole issue of self-deception from a leading and interesting evolutionary biologist. There are times when you can sense his out thereness. Indeed someone just told me he (at 70 or so) had been suspended from teaching because...

    I have been trying to convince myself to write reviews for all the books read, and this is a good time as ever to get started. Trivers summarized his main thesis more or less within the first two chapters of the book, and the rest are a series of commentary based on life examples, r...

    Robert Trivers?s new book is a curious document ? a book about deception and self-deception that is itself deceptive, in structure, voice and argument. A celebrated evolutionary biologist, Trivers uses the tools of his trade to answer a basic question: Why are deception and self...

    Do not be fooled by the summary, this book has no true topic. It reads as if Trivers posited an initial question and then decided to write a series of tangentially related chapters to fill the book. The introduction identifies an interesting question and then the remainder of the bo...

    Having read and studied widely in animal behavior/sociobiology since college, I was already aware of Trivers' work in the field. Having read several books about denial and related ideas in psychology, I thought this book would be a great embodiment of the overlapping area of that Venn ...

    Biologist Robert Trivers' book The Folly of Fools tells the manifest ways human beings deceive themselves, from politics and religion to science and everyday life. In the earlier portion of the book, Trivers traces the way in which self-deception involved in human beings and other anim...

    La naturaleza es una mentirosa. Los animales se camuflan para cazar a otros o no ser cazados por otros. No es la excepcin, sino la norma. Y nosotros? Pues no slo engaamos continuamente, sino que nos engaamos a nosotros mismos. Nos creemos mejores de lo que somos; todos creemo...

    Some interesting and unexpected insights that, as the author says, merit greater inspection. I understand that RT also made early contributions to evolutionary psychology. Clearly, one of those who marches to a different drummer. ...

    Difficilmente inquadrabile, Robert Trivers. Non ancora settantenne (ne compir 69 il 19 febbraio), considerato uno dei pi importanti studiosi dell?evoluzione contemporanei. Basti pensare che lui che ha scritto l?introduzione al libro sull?evoluzione pi influente degli ...

    This book is provocative and left me intrigued by the possibility that deception is endemic to life because it is evolutionally advantageous and that we engage in self-deception in order to better deceive others. I can't say that the book left me convinced of this, because (as Trivers ...

    The topic of this book in intriguing: "How do deception and self-deception impact human cognition and social interaction?" Trivers provides many examples of deception and self-deception, often with disastrous long-term consequences, but fails to weave all the threads of his topic into ...

    Well, it's pretty obvious that Robert Trivers has been pondering the concept of deceit and self-deception quite a bit. Having said that, it's a pity that such a interesting topic has been ruined by his lack of objectivity. There are multiple embarrassing accounts of his own experiences...

    This is a really interesting book, full of fascinating and thought-provoking ideas and arguments. I liked everything except the material on religion. As a student of human foibles, Robert Trivers should be especially aware of the self deception involved in religious belief. And at ...

    I read this ebook in Chinese, it turned out to have so much information inside that i took more time to read it with joy. Self-inflation, derogation of others, in-group feelings, a sense of power, the illusion of control, false social theories, false internal narratives, unconscious m...

    Overly simplistic descriptions of difficult subjects. The author moves from topic to topic in a meandering display. I love the topic, and forced myself to read as much as I could, but the conclusions and actions were far from clear. I would recommend reading Thinking Fast, Thinking S...

    Not sure if this was 100% real science. Or maybe 99%... Genes of mother and father vibrating to mom and dad's words? That's one step short of genes thinking for themselves. That's hard to believe and even harder to prove. Not sure if that's pseudoscience. Overall an interesting read o...

  • John
    Jan 23, 2013

    the weaknesses of this book are all the more frustrating given the potentially highly important target the aims for ? an understanding of how biological self-deception leads to problematic errors and biases in our daily existence. three major weaknesses keep this book from reachin...

    A very personal, sometimes a little crazed exploration of the whole issue of self-deception from a leading and interesting evolutionary biologist. There are times when you can sense his out thereness. Indeed someone just told me he (at 70 or so) had been suspended from teaching because...

    I have been trying to convince myself to write reviews for all the books read, and this is a good time as ever to get started. Trivers summarized his main thesis more or less within the first two chapters of the book, and the rest are a series of commentary based on life examples, r...

    Robert Trivers?s new book is a curious document ? a book about deception and self-deception that is itself deceptive, in structure, voice and argument. A celebrated evolutionary biologist, Trivers uses the tools of his trade to answer a basic question: Why are deception and self...

    Do not be fooled by the summary, this book has no true topic. It reads as if Trivers posited an initial question and then decided to write a series of tangentially related chapters to fill the book. The introduction identifies an interesting question and then the remainder of the bo...

    Having read and studied widely in animal behavior/sociobiology since college, I was already aware of Trivers' work in the field. Having read several books about denial and related ideas in psychology, I thought this book would be a great embodiment of the overlapping area of that Venn ...

    Biologist Robert Trivers' book The Folly of Fools tells the manifest ways human beings deceive themselves, from politics and religion to science and everyday life. In the earlier portion of the book, Trivers traces the way in which self-deception involved in human beings and other anim...

    La naturaleza es una mentirosa. Los animales se camuflan para cazar a otros o no ser cazados por otros. No es la excepcin, sino la norma. Y nosotros? Pues no slo engaamos continuamente, sino que nos engaamos a nosotros mismos. Nos creemos mejores de lo que somos; todos creemo...

    Some interesting and unexpected insights that, as the author says, merit greater inspection. I understand that RT also made early contributions to evolutionary psychology. Clearly, one of those who marches to a different drummer. ...

    Difficilmente inquadrabile, Robert Trivers. Non ancora settantenne (ne compir 69 il 19 febbraio), considerato uno dei pi importanti studiosi dell?evoluzione contemporanei. Basti pensare che lui che ha scritto l?introduzione al libro sull?evoluzione pi influente degli ...

    This book is provocative and left me intrigued by the possibility that deception is endemic to life because it is evolutionally advantageous and that we engage in self-deception in order to better deceive others. I can't say that the book left me convinced of this, because (as Trivers ...

    The topic of this book in intriguing: "How do deception and self-deception impact human cognition and social interaction?" Trivers provides many examples of deception and self-deception, often with disastrous long-term consequences, but fails to weave all the threads of his topic into ...

    Well, it's pretty obvious that Robert Trivers has been pondering the concept of deceit and self-deception quite a bit. Having said that, it's a pity that such a interesting topic has been ruined by his lack of objectivity. There are multiple embarrassing accounts of his own experiences...

    This is a really interesting book, full of fascinating and thought-provoking ideas and arguments. I liked everything except the material on religion. As a student of human foibles, Robert Trivers should be especially aware of the self deception involved in religious belief. And at ...

    I read this ebook in Chinese, it turned out to have so much information inside that i took more time to read it with joy. Self-inflation, derogation of others, in-group feelings, a sense of power, the illusion of control, false social theories, false internal narratives, unconscious m...

    Overly simplistic descriptions of difficult subjects. The author moves from topic to topic in a meandering display. I love the topic, and forced myself to read as much as I could, but the conclusions and actions were far from clear. I would recommend reading Thinking Fast, Thinking S...

    Not sure if this was 100% real science. Or maybe 99%... Genes of mother and father vibrating to mom and dad's words? That's one step short of genes thinking for themselves. That's hard to believe and even harder to prove. Not sure if that's pseudoscience. Overall an interesting read o...

    Underwhelming book. The examples get tiresome and pretty soon, the section headings tell you all you need to know. I skip-read this. I was expecting it to be revelatory somehow but it was just plain obvious at times. ...

    The book contains some fascinating evolutionary psychology about deception and self-deception from an expert in the field. But the book became irritating when the author strayed into political issues in areas outside the science. ...

    Interesting, but academic. ...

    It took me a very long time to get through this. There is some very interesting stuff here but it seems like facts mixed in with editorial opinions. Sections tend to be very short but the whole thing feels disjointed. I think Trivers is an absolute genius and was disappointed that I wa...

    "We deceive ourselves the better to deceive others" (p3). Why do we lack self-knowledge and how does that affect us and other animals? Biologist Trivers treats this subject from many different sides; the biological and the personal-takes are the best. And his bashing of social sciences...

    I rarely give a book five stars, and only if I think it says something new and important. It?s not new that we humans practice deceit on others and ourselves, but Trivers takes the point much further. If human intelligence, which we love to lord over other species, is our defining qu...

    This book was, as a reality show contestant would say, a roller-coaster ride (reality shows: there's a subject of self-deception that Robert Trivers doesn't cover but could have had great fun mining). At first sight I thought it was going to be deadly dull. I haven't heard of Trivers, ...

    This has all the makings of a great book. It isn?t one. It?s OK, nothing more. With exception of the first few chapters, this book is a disjointed mess of speculation, personal anecdotes, and political opinion. Mind you, much of that is entertaining and sometimes well-written...

    'Folly' began well enough with a fair overview of the evolutionary rationale and selection pressure towards self-deception. Trivers was strongest when using ethological and biological examples to illustrate his point. The text quickly devolved into a rambling political tract that detra...

    I bought this book thinking - because the title was so explicit and Penguin had published it under its psychology series - that I knew what it was about and how it would play along. I was positively surprised at being wrong, the book turned out to give much more than I expected. The ma...

    "Another problem that baffles me is whence the anti-pleasure bias? It is often said by opponents of medical marijuana that we already have legal drugs that promote appetite or suppress pain, so why should we give in to illegal ones? Yet the latter also give pleasure, so that you surviv...

    I struggled with this book for much of the time I was reading it. I was particularly dismayed by the hyperbole and often harsh criticism he used with regard to a number of subjects. A little more balance would have been better. There were also many errors of fact particularly in his an...

  • Dan
    Mar 01, 2012

    the weaknesses of this book are all the more frustrating given the potentially highly important target the aims for ? an understanding of how biological self-deception leads to problematic errors and biases in our daily existence. three major weaknesses keep this book from reachin...

    A very personal, sometimes a little crazed exploration of the whole issue of self-deception from a leading and interesting evolutionary biologist. There are times when you can sense his out thereness. Indeed someone just told me he (at 70 or so) had been suspended from teaching because...

    I have been trying to convince myself to write reviews for all the books read, and this is a good time as ever to get started. Trivers summarized his main thesis more or less within the first two chapters of the book, and the rest are a series of commentary based on life examples, r...

    Robert Trivers?s new book is a curious document ? a book about deception and self-deception that is itself deceptive, in structure, voice and argument. A celebrated evolutionary biologist, Trivers uses the tools of his trade to answer a basic question: Why are deception and self...

    Do not be fooled by the summary, this book has no true topic. It reads as if Trivers posited an initial question and then decided to write a series of tangentially related chapters to fill the book. The introduction identifies an interesting question and then the remainder of the bo...

    Having read and studied widely in animal behavior/sociobiology since college, I was already aware of Trivers' work in the field. Having read several books about denial and related ideas in psychology, I thought this book would be a great embodiment of the overlapping area of that Venn ...

    Biologist Robert Trivers' book The Folly of Fools tells the manifest ways human beings deceive themselves, from politics and religion to science and everyday life. In the earlier portion of the book, Trivers traces the way in which self-deception involved in human beings and other anim...

    La naturaleza es una mentirosa. Los animales se camuflan para cazar a otros o no ser cazados por otros. No es la excepcin, sino la norma. Y nosotros? Pues no slo engaamos continuamente, sino que nos engaamos a nosotros mismos. Nos creemos mejores de lo que somos; todos creemo...

    Some interesting and unexpected insights that, as the author says, merit greater inspection. I understand that RT also made early contributions to evolutionary psychology. Clearly, one of those who marches to a different drummer. ...

    Difficilmente inquadrabile, Robert Trivers. Non ancora settantenne (ne compir 69 il 19 febbraio), considerato uno dei pi importanti studiosi dell?evoluzione contemporanei. Basti pensare che lui che ha scritto l?introduzione al libro sull?evoluzione pi influente degli ...

    This book is provocative and left me intrigued by the possibility that deception is endemic to life because it is evolutionally advantageous and that we engage in self-deception in order to better deceive others. I can't say that the book left me convinced of this, because (as Trivers ...

  • Fernando del Alamo
    May 06, 2016

    the weaknesses of this book are all the more frustrating given the potentially highly important target the aims for ? an understanding of how biological self-deception leads to problematic errors and biases in our daily existence. three major weaknesses keep this book from reachin...

    A very personal, sometimes a little crazed exploration of the whole issue of self-deception from a leading and interesting evolutionary biologist. There are times when you can sense his out thereness. Indeed someone just told me he (at 70 or so) had been suspended from teaching because...

    I have been trying to convince myself to write reviews for all the books read, and this is a good time as ever to get started. Trivers summarized his main thesis more or less within the first two chapters of the book, and the rest are a series of commentary based on life examples, r...

    Robert Trivers?s new book is a curious document ? a book about deception and self-deception that is itself deceptive, in structure, voice and argument. A celebrated evolutionary biologist, Trivers uses the tools of his trade to answer a basic question: Why are deception and self...

    Do not be fooled by the summary, this book has no true topic. It reads as if Trivers posited an initial question and then decided to write a series of tangentially related chapters to fill the book. The introduction identifies an interesting question and then the remainder of the bo...

    Having read and studied widely in animal behavior/sociobiology since college, I was already aware of Trivers' work in the field. Having read several books about denial and related ideas in psychology, I thought this book would be a great embodiment of the overlapping area of that Venn ...

    Biologist Robert Trivers' book The Folly of Fools tells the manifest ways human beings deceive themselves, from politics and religion to science and everyday life. In the earlier portion of the book, Trivers traces the way in which self-deception involved in human beings and other anim...

    La naturaleza es una mentirosa. Los animales se camuflan para cazar a otros o no ser cazados por otros. No es la excepcin, sino la norma. Y nosotros? Pues no slo engaamos continuamente, sino que nos engaamos a nosotros mismos. Nos creemos mejores de lo que somos; todos creemo...

  • Beverley
    May 14, 2018

    the weaknesses of this book are all the more frustrating given the potentially highly important target the aims for ? an understanding of how biological self-deception leads to problematic errors and biases in our daily existence. three major weaknesses keep this book from reachin...

    A very personal, sometimes a little crazed exploration of the whole issue of self-deception from a leading and interesting evolutionary biologist. There are times when you can sense his out thereness. Indeed someone just told me he (at 70 or so) had been suspended from teaching because...

    I have been trying to convince myself to write reviews for all the books read, and this is a good time as ever to get started. Trivers summarized his main thesis more or less within the first two chapters of the book, and the rest are a series of commentary based on life examples, r...

    Robert Trivers?s new book is a curious document ? a book about deception and self-deception that is itself deceptive, in structure, voice and argument. A celebrated evolutionary biologist, Trivers uses the tools of his trade to answer a basic question: Why are deception and self...

    Do not be fooled by the summary, this book has no true topic. It reads as if Trivers posited an initial question and then decided to write a series of tangentially related chapters to fill the book. The introduction identifies an interesting question and then the remainder of the bo...

    Having read and studied widely in animal behavior/sociobiology since college, I was already aware of Trivers' work in the field. Having read several books about denial and related ideas in psychology, I thought this book would be a great embodiment of the overlapping area of that Venn ...

    Biologist Robert Trivers' book The Folly of Fools tells the manifest ways human beings deceive themselves, from politics and religion to science and everyday life. In the earlier portion of the book, Trivers traces the way in which self-deception involved in human beings and other anim...

    La naturaleza es una mentirosa. Los animales se camuflan para cazar a otros o no ser cazados por otros. No es la excepcin, sino la norma. Y nosotros? Pues no slo engaamos continuamente, sino que nos engaamos a nosotros mismos. Nos creemos mejores de lo que somos; todos creemo...

    Some interesting and unexpected insights that, as the author says, merit greater inspection. I understand that RT also made early contributions to evolutionary psychology. Clearly, one of those who marches to a different drummer. ...

    Difficilmente inquadrabile, Robert Trivers. Non ancora settantenne (ne compir 69 il 19 febbraio), considerato uno dei pi importanti studiosi dell?evoluzione contemporanei. Basti pensare che lui che ha scritto l?introduzione al libro sull?evoluzione pi influente degli ...

    This book is provocative and left me intrigued by the possibility that deception is endemic to life because it is evolutionally advantageous and that we engage in self-deception in order to better deceive others. I can't say that the book left me convinced of this, because (as Trivers ...

    The topic of this book in intriguing: "How do deception and self-deception impact human cognition and social interaction?" Trivers provides many examples of deception and self-deception, often with disastrous long-term consequences, but fails to weave all the threads of his topic into ...

    Well, it's pretty obvious that Robert Trivers has been pondering the concept of deceit and self-deception quite a bit. Having said that, it's a pity that such a interesting topic has been ruined by his lack of objectivity. There are multiple embarrassing accounts of his own experiences...

    This is a really interesting book, full of fascinating and thought-provoking ideas and arguments. I liked everything except the material on religion. As a student of human foibles, Robert Trivers should be especially aware of the self deception involved in religious belief. And at ...

    I read this ebook in Chinese, it turned out to have so much information inside that i took more time to read it with joy. Self-inflation, derogation of others, in-group feelings, a sense of power, the illusion of control, false social theories, false internal narratives, unconscious m...

    Overly simplistic descriptions of difficult subjects. The author moves from topic to topic in a meandering display. I love the topic, and forced myself to read as much as I could, but the conclusions and actions were far from clear. I would recommend reading Thinking Fast, Thinking S...

    Not sure if this was 100% real science. Or maybe 99%... Genes of mother and father vibrating to mom and dad's words? That's one step short of genes thinking for themselves. That's hard to believe and even harder to prove. Not sure if that's pseudoscience. Overall an interesting read o...

    Underwhelming book. The examples get tiresome and pretty soon, the section headings tell you all you need to know. I skip-read this. I was expecting it to be revelatory somehow but it was just plain obvious at times. ...

    The book contains some fascinating evolutionary psychology about deception and self-deception from an expert in the field. But the book became irritating when the author strayed into political issues in areas outside the science. ...

    Interesting, but academic. ...

  • Peter Gelfan
    Dec 01, 2014

    the weaknesses of this book are all the more frustrating given the potentially highly important target the aims for ? an understanding of how biological self-deception leads to problematic errors and biases in our daily existence. three major weaknesses keep this book from reachin...

    A very personal, sometimes a little crazed exploration of the whole issue of self-deception from a leading and interesting evolutionary biologist. There are times when you can sense his out thereness. Indeed someone just told me he (at 70 or so) had been suspended from teaching because...

    I have been trying to convince myself to write reviews for all the books read, and this is a good time as ever to get started. Trivers summarized his main thesis more or less within the first two chapters of the book, and the rest are a series of commentary based on life examples, r...

    Robert Trivers?s new book is a curious document ? a book about deception and self-deception that is itself deceptive, in structure, voice and argument. A celebrated evolutionary biologist, Trivers uses the tools of his trade to answer a basic question: Why are deception and self...

    Do not be fooled by the summary, this book has no true topic. It reads as if Trivers posited an initial question and then decided to write a series of tangentially related chapters to fill the book. The introduction identifies an interesting question and then the remainder of the bo...

    Having read and studied widely in animal behavior/sociobiology since college, I was already aware of Trivers' work in the field. Having read several books about denial and related ideas in psychology, I thought this book would be a great embodiment of the overlapping area of that Venn ...

    Biologist Robert Trivers' book The Folly of Fools tells the manifest ways human beings deceive themselves, from politics and religion to science and everyday life. In the earlier portion of the book, Trivers traces the way in which self-deception involved in human beings and other anim...

    La naturaleza es una mentirosa. Los animales se camuflan para cazar a otros o no ser cazados por otros. No es la excepcin, sino la norma. Y nosotros? Pues no slo engaamos continuamente, sino que nos engaamos a nosotros mismos. Nos creemos mejores de lo que somos; todos creemo...

    Some interesting and unexpected insights that, as the author says, merit greater inspection. I understand that RT also made early contributions to evolutionary psychology. Clearly, one of those who marches to a different drummer. ...

    Difficilmente inquadrabile, Robert Trivers. Non ancora settantenne (ne compir 69 il 19 febbraio), considerato uno dei pi importanti studiosi dell?evoluzione contemporanei. Basti pensare che lui che ha scritto l?introduzione al libro sull?evoluzione pi influente degli ...

    This book is provocative and left me intrigued by the possibility that deception is endemic to life because it is evolutionally advantageous and that we engage in self-deception in order to better deceive others. I can't say that the book left me convinced of this, because (as Trivers ...

    The topic of this book in intriguing: "How do deception and self-deception impact human cognition and social interaction?" Trivers provides many examples of deception and self-deception, often with disastrous long-term consequences, but fails to weave all the threads of his topic into ...

    Well, it's pretty obvious that Robert Trivers has been pondering the concept of deceit and self-deception quite a bit. Having said that, it's a pity that such a interesting topic has been ruined by his lack of objectivity. There are multiple embarrassing accounts of his own experiences...

    This is a really interesting book, full of fascinating and thought-provoking ideas and arguments. I liked everything except the material on religion. As a student of human foibles, Robert Trivers should be especially aware of the self deception involved in religious belief. And at ...

    I read this ebook in Chinese, it turned out to have so much information inside that i took more time to read it with joy. Self-inflation, derogation of others, in-group feelings, a sense of power, the illusion of control, false social theories, false internal narratives, unconscious m...

    Overly simplistic descriptions of difficult subjects. The author moves from topic to topic in a meandering display. I love the topic, and forced myself to read as much as I could, but the conclusions and actions were far from clear. I would recommend reading Thinking Fast, Thinking S...

    Not sure if this was 100% real science. Or maybe 99%... Genes of mother and father vibrating to mom and dad's words? That's one step short of genes thinking for themselves. That's hard to believe and even harder to prove. Not sure if that's pseudoscience. Overall an interesting read o...

    Underwhelming book. The examples get tiresome and pretty soon, the section headings tell you all you need to know. I skip-read this. I was expecting it to be revelatory somehow but it was just plain obvious at times. ...

    The book contains some fascinating evolutionary psychology about deception and self-deception from an expert in the field. But the book became irritating when the author strayed into political issues in areas outside the science. ...

    Interesting, but academic. ...

    It took me a very long time to get through this. There is some very interesting stuff here but it seems like facts mixed in with editorial opinions. Sections tend to be very short but the whole thing feels disjointed. I think Trivers is an absolute genius and was disappointed that I wa...

    "We deceive ourselves the better to deceive others" (p3). Why do we lack self-knowledge and how does that affect us and other animals? Biologist Trivers treats this subject from many different sides; the biological and the personal-takes are the best. And his bashing of social sciences...

    I rarely give a book five stars, and only if I think it says something new and important. It?s not new that we humans practice deceit on others and ourselves, but Trivers takes the point much further. If human intelligence, which we love to lord over other species, is our defining qu...

  • Bill Forbes
    Apr 17, 2016

    the weaknesses of this book are all the more frustrating given the potentially highly important target the aims for ? an understanding of how biological self-deception leads to problematic errors and biases in our daily existence. three major weaknesses keep this book from reachin...

    A very personal, sometimes a little crazed exploration of the whole issue of self-deception from a leading and interesting evolutionary biologist. There are times when you can sense his out thereness. Indeed someone just told me he (at 70 or so) had been suspended from teaching because...

    I have been trying to convince myself to write reviews for all the books read, and this is a good time as ever to get started. Trivers summarized his main thesis more or less within the first two chapters of the book, and the rest are a series of commentary based on life examples, r...

    Robert Trivers?s new book is a curious document ? a book about deception and self-deception that is itself deceptive, in structure, voice and argument. A celebrated evolutionary biologist, Trivers uses the tools of his trade to answer a basic question: Why are deception and self...

    Do not be fooled by the summary, this book has no true topic. It reads as if Trivers posited an initial question and then decided to write a series of tangentially related chapters to fill the book. The introduction identifies an interesting question and then the remainder of the bo...

    Having read and studied widely in animal behavior/sociobiology since college, I was already aware of Trivers' work in the field. Having read several books about denial and related ideas in psychology, I thought this book would be a great embodiment of the overlapping area of that Venn ...

    Biologist Robert Trivers' book The Folly of Fools tells the manifest ways human beings deceive themselves, from politics and religion to science and everyday life. In the earlier portion of the book, Trivers traces the way in which self-deception involved in human beings and other anim...

    La naturaleza es una mentirosa. Los animales se camuflan para cazar a otros o no ser cazados por otros. No es la excepcin, sino la norma. Y nosotros? Pues no slo engaamos continuamente, sino que nos engaamos a nosotros mismos. Nos creemos mejores de lo que somos; todos creemo...

    Some interesting and unexpected insights that, as the author says, merit greater inspection. I understand that RT also made early contributions to evolutionary psychology. Clearly, one of those who marches to a different drummer. ...

    Difficilmente inquadrabile, Robert Trivers. Non ancora settantenne (ne compir 69 il 19 febbraio), considerato uno dei pi importanti studiosi dell?evoluzione contemporanei. Basti pensare che lui che ha scritto l?introduzione al libro sull?evoluzione pi influente degli ...

    This book is provocative and left me intrigued by the possibility that deception is endemic to life because it is evolutionally advantageous and that we engage in self-deception in order to better deceive others. I can't say that the book left me convinced of this, because (as Trivers ...

    The topic of this book in intriguing: "How do deception and self-deception impact human cognition and social interaction?" Trivers provides many examples of deception and self-deception, often with disastrous long-term consequences, but fails to weave all the threads of his topic into ...

  • YHC
    Aug 24, 2017

    the weaknesses of this book are all the more frustrating given the potentially highly important target the aims for ? an understanding of how biological self-deception leads to problematic errors and biases in our daily existence. three major weaknesses keep this book from reachin...

    A very personal, sometimes a little crazed exploration of the whole issue of self-deception from a leading and interesting evolutionary biologist. There are times when you can sense his out thereness. Indeed someone just told me he (at 70 or so) had been suspended from teaching because...

    I have been trying to convince myself to write reviews for all the books read, and this is a good time as ever to get started. Trivers summarized his main thesis more or less within the first two chapters of the book, and the rest are a series of commentary based on life examples, r...

    Robert Trivers?s new book is a curious document ? a book about deception and self-deception that is itself deceptive, in structure, voice and argument. A celebrated evolutionary biologist, Trivers uses the tools of his trade to answer a basic question: Why are deception and self...

    Do not be fooled by the summary, this book has no true topic. It reads as if Trivers posited an initial question and then decided to write a series of tangentially related chapters to fill the book. The introduction identifies an interesting question and then the remainder of the bo...

    Having read and studied widely in animal behavior/sociobiology since college, I was already aware of Trivers' work in the field. Having read several books about denial and related ideas in psychology, I thought this book would be a great embodiment of the overlapping area of that Venn ...

    Biologist Robert Trivers' book The Folly of Fools tells the manifest ways human beings deceive themselves, from politics and religion to science and everyday life. In the earlier portion of the book, Trivers traces the way in which self-deception involved in human beings and other anim...

    La naturaleza es una mentirosa. Los animales se camuflan para cazar a otros o no ser cazados por otros. No es la excepcin, sino la norma. Y nosotros? Pues no slo engaamos continuamente, sino que nos engaamos a nosotros mismos. Nos creemos mejores de lo que somos; todos creemo...

    Some interesting and unexpected insights that, as the author says, merit greater inspection. I understand that RT also made early contributions to evolutionary psychology. Clearly, one of those who marches to a different drummer. ...

    Difficilmente inquadrabile, Robert Trivers. Non ancora settantenne (ne compir 69 il 19 febbraio), considerato uno dei pi importanti studiosi dell?evoluzione contemporanei. Basti pensare che lui che ha scritto l?introduzione al libro sull?evoluzione pi influente degli ...

    This book is provocative and left me intrigued by the possibility that deception is endemic to life because it is evolutionally advantageous and that we engage in self-deception in order to better deceive others. I can't say that the book left me convinced of this, because (as Trivers ...

    The topic of this book in intriguing: "How do deception and self-deception impact human cognition and social interaction?" Trivers provides many examples of deception and self-deception, often with disastrous long-term consequences, but fails to weave all the threads of his topic into ...

    Well, it's pretty obvious that Robert Trivers has been pondering the concept of deceit and self-deception quite a bit. Having said that, it's a pity that such a interesting topic has been ruined by his lack of objectivity. There are multiple embarrassing accounts of his own experiences...

    This is a really interesting book, full of fascinating and thought-provoking ideas and arguments. I liked everything except the material on religion. As a student of human foibles, Robert Trivers should be especially aware of the self deception involved in religious belief. And at ...

    I read this ebook in Chinese, it turned out to have so much information inside that i took more time to read it with joy. Self-inflation, derogation of others, in-group feelings, a sense of power, the illusion of control, false social theories, false internal narratives, unconscious m...

  • Joshua Buhs
    Sep 09, 2013

    the weaknesses of this book are all the more frustrating given the potentially highly important target the aims for ? an understanding of how biological self-deception leads to problematic errors and biases in our daily existence. three major weaknesses keep this book from reachin...

    A very personal, sometimes a little crazed exploration of the whole issue of self-deception from a leading and interesting evolutionary biologist. There are times when you can sense his out thereness. Indeed someone just told me he (at 70 or so) had been suspended from teaching because...

    I have been trying to convince myself to write reviews for all the books read, and this is a good time as ever to get started. Trivers summarized his main thesis more or less within the first two chapters of the book, and the rest are a series of commentary based on life examples, r...

    Robert Trivers?s new book is a curious document ? a book about deception and self-deception that is itself deceptive, in structure, voice and argument. A celebrated evolutionary biologist, Trivers uses the tools of his trade to answer a basic question: Why are deception and self...

  • Noah Milstein
    Jan 15, 2015

    the weaknesses of this book are all the more frustrating given the potentially highly important target the aims for ? an understanding of how biological self-deception leads to problematic errors and biases in our daily existence. three major weaknesses keep this book from reachin...

    A very personal, sometimes a little crazed exploration of the whole issue of self-deception from a leading and interesting evolutionary biologist. There are times when you can sense his out thereness. Indeed someone just told me he (at 70 or so) had been suspended from teaching because...

    I have been trying to convince myself to write reviews for all the books read, and this is a good time as ever to get started. Trivers summarized his main thesis more or less within the first two chapters of the book, and the rest are a series of commentary based on life examples, r...

    Robert Trivers?s new book is a curious document ? a book about deception and self-deception that is itself deceptive, in structure, voice and argument. A celebrated evolutionary biologist, Trivers uses the tools of his trade to answer a basic question: Why are deception and self...

    Do not be fooled by the summary, this book has no true topic. It reads as if Trivers posited an initial question and then decided to write a series of tangentially related chapters to fill the book. The introduction identifies an interesting question and then the remainder of the bo...

    Having read and studied widely in animal behavior/sociobiology since college, I was already aware of Trivers' work in the field. Having read several books about denial and related ideas in psychology, I thought this book would be a great embodiment of the overlapping area of that Venn ...

    Biologist Robert Trivers' book The Folly of Fools tells the manifest ways human beings deceive themselves, from politics and religion to science and everyday life. In the earlier portion of the book, Trivers traces the way in which self-deception involved in human beings and other anim...

    La naturaleza es una mentirosa. Los animales se camuflan para cazar a otros o no ser cazados por otros. No es la excepcin, sino la norma. Y nosotros? Pues no slo engaamos continuamente, sino que nos engaamos a nosotros mismos. Nos creemos mejores de lo que somos; todos creemo...

    Some interesting and unexpected insights that, as the author says, merit greater inspection. I understand that RT also made early contributions to evolutionary psychology. Clearly, one of those who marches to a different drummer. ...

    Difficilmente inquadrabile, Robert Trivers. Non ancora settantenne (ne compir 69 il 19 febbraio), considerato uno dei pi importanti studiosi dell?evoluzione contemporanei. Basti pensare che lui che ha scritto l?introduzione al libro sull?evoluzione pi influente degli ...

    This book is provocative and left me intrigued by the possibility that deception is endemic to life because it is evolutionally advantageous and that we engage in self-deception in order to better deceive others. I can't say that the book left me convinced of this, because (as Trivers ...

    The topic of this book in intriguing: "How do deception and self-deception impact human cognition and social interaction?" Trivers provides many examples of deception and self-deception, often with disastrous long-term consequences, but fails to weave all the threads of his topic into ...

    Well, it's pretty obvious that Robert Trivers has been pondering the concept of deceit and self-deception quite a bit. Having said that, it's a pity that such a interesting topic has been ruined by his lack of objectivity. There are multiple embarrassing accounts of his own experiences...

    This is a really interesting book, full of fascinating and thought-provoking ideas and arguments. I liked everything except the material on religion. As a student of human foibles, Robert Trivers should be especially aware of the self deception involved in religious belief. And at ...

    I read this ebook in Chinese, it turned out to have so much information inside that i took more time to read it with joy. Self-inflation, derogation of others, in-group feelings, a sense of power, the illusion of control, false social theories, false internal narratives, unconscious m...

    Overly simplistic descriptions of difficult subjects. The author moves from topic to topic in a meandering display. I love the topic, and forced myself to read as much as I could, but the conclusions and actions were far from clear. I would recommend reading Thinking Fast, Thinking S...

    Not sure if this was 100% real science. Or maybe 99%... Genes of mother and father vibrating to mom and dad's words? That's one step short of genes thinking for themselves. That's hard to believe and even harder to prove. Not sure if that's pseudoscience. Overall an interesting read o...

    Underwhelming book. The examples get tiresome and pretty soon, the section headings tell you all you need to know. I skip-read this. I was expecting it to be revelatory somehow but it was just plain obvious at times. ...

    The book contains some fascinating evolutionary psychology about deception and self-deception from an expert in the field. But the book became irritating when the author strayed into political issues in areas outside the science. ...

    Interesting, but academic. ...

    It took me a very long time to get through this. There is some very interesting stuff here but it seems like facts mixed in with editorial opinions. Sections tend to be very short but the whole thing feels disjointed. I think Trivers is an absolute genius and was disappointed that I wa...

    "We deceive ourselves the better to deceive others" (p3). Why do we lack self-knowledge and how does that affect us and other animals? Biologist Trivers treats this subject from many different sides; the biological and the personal-takes are the best. And his bashing of social sciences...

    I rarely give a book five stars, and only if I think it says something new and important. It?s not new that we humans practice deceit on others and ourselves, but Trivers takes the point much further. If human intelligence, which we love to lord over other species, is our defining qu...

    This book was, as a reality show contestant would say, a roller-coaster ride (reality shows: there's a subject of self-deception that Robert Trivers doesn't cover but could have had great fun mining). At first sight I thought it was going to be deadly dull. I haven't heard of Trivers, ...

    This has all the makings of a great book. It isn?t one. It?s OK, nothing more. With exception of the first few chapters, this book is a disjointed mess of speculation, personal anecdotes, and political opinion. Mind you, much of that is entertaining and sometimes well-written...

    'Folly' began well enough with a fair overview of the evolutionary rationale and selection pressure towards self-deception. Trivers was strongest when using ethological and biological examples to illustrate his point. The text quickly devolved into a rambling political tract that detra...

  • Kelly Vance
    Mar 15, 2017

    the weaknesses of this book are all the more frustrating given the potentially highly important target the aims for ? an understanding of how biological self-deception leads to problematic errors and biases in our daily existence. three major weaknesses keep this book from reachin...

    A very personal, sometimes a little crazed exploration of the whole issue of self-deception from a leading and interesting evolutionary biologist. There are times when you can sense his out thereness. Indeed someone just told me he (at 70 or so) had been suspended from teaching because...

    I have been trying to convince myself to write reviews for all the books read, and this is a good time as ever to get started. Trivers summarized his main thesis more or less within the first two chapters of the book, and the rest are a series of commentary based on life examples, r...

    Robert Trivers?s new book is a curious document ? a book about deception and self-deception that is itself deceptive, in structure, voice and argument. A celebrated evolutionary biologist, Trivers uses the tools of his trade to answer a basic question: Why are deception and self...

    Do not be fooled by the summary, this book has no true topic. It reads as if Trivers posited an initial question and then decided to write a series of tangentially related chapters to fill the book. The introduction identifies an interesting question and then the remainder of the bo...

    Having read and studied widely in animal behavior/sociobiology since college, I was already aware of Trivers' work in the field. Having read several books about denial and related ideas in psychology, I thought this book would be a great embodiment of the overlapping area of that Venn ...

    Biologist Robert Trivers' book The Folly of Fools tells the manifest ways human beings deceive themselves, from politics and religion to science and everyday life. In the earlier portion of the book, Trivers traces the way in which self-deception involved in human beings and other anim...

    La naturaleza es una mentirosa. Los animales se camuflan para cazar a otros o no ser cazados por otros. No es la excepcin, sino la norma. Y nosotros? Pues no slo engaamos continuamente, sino que nos engaamos a nosotros mismos. Nos creemos mejores de lo que somos; todos creemo...

    Some interesting and unexpected insights that, as the author says, merit greater inspection. I understand that RT also made early contributions to evolutionary psychology. Clearly, one of those who marches to a different drummer. ...

    Difficilmente inquadrabile, Robert Trivers. Non ancora settantenne (ne compir 69 il 19 febbraio), considerato uno dei pi importanti studiosi dell?evoluzione contemporanei. Basti pensare che lui che ha scritto l?introduzione al libro sull?evoluzione pi influente degli ...

    This book is provocative and left me intrigued by the possibility that deception is endemic to life because it is evolutionally advantageous and that we engage in self-deception in order to better deceive others. I can't say that the book left me convinced of this, because (as Trivers ...

    The topic of this book in intriguing: "How do deception and self-deception impact human cognition and social interaction?" Trivers provides many examples of deception and self-deception, often with disastrous long-term consequences, but fails to weave all the threads of his topic into ...

    Well, it's pretty obvious that Robert Trivers has been pondering the concept of deceit and self-deception quite a bit. Having said that, it's a pity that such a interesting topic has been ruined by his lack of objectivity. There are multiple embarrassing accounts of his own experiences...

    This is a really interesting book, full of fascinating and thought-provoking ideas and arguments. I liked everything except the material on religion. As a student of human foibles, Robert Trivers should be especially aware of the self deception involved in religious belief. And at ...

    I read this ebook in Chinese, it turned out to have so much information inside that i took more time to read it with joy. Self-inflation, derogation of others, in-group feelings, a sense of power, the illusion of control, false social theories, false internal narratives, unconscious m...

    Overly simplistic descriptions of difficult subjects. The author moves from topic to topic in a meandering display. I love the topic, and forced myself to read as much as I could, but the conclusions and actions were far from clear. I would recommend reading Thinking Fast, Thinking S...

    Not sure if this was 100% real science. Or maybe 99%... Genes of mother and father vibrating to mom and dad's words? That's one step short of genes thinking for themselves. That's hard to believe and even harder to prove. Not sure if that's pseudoscience. Overall an interesting read o...

    Underwhelming book. The examples get tiresome and pretty soon, the section headings tell you all you need to know. I skip-read this. I was expecting it to be revelatory somehow but it was just plain obvious at times. ...

    The book contains some fascinating evolutionary psychology about deception and self-deception from an expert in the field. But the book became irritating when the author strayed into political issues in areas outside the science. ...

    Interesting, but academic. ...

    It took me a very long time to get through this. There is some very interesting stuff here but it seems like facts mixed in with editorial opinions. Sections tend to be very short but the whole thing feels disjointed. I think Trivers is an absolute genius and was disappointed that I wa...

  • Andy
    Apr 06, 2015

    the weaknesses of this book are all the more frustrating given the potentially highly important target the aims for ? an understanding of how biological self-deception leads to problematic errors and biases in our daily existence. three major weaknesses keep this book from reachin...

    A very personal, sometimes a little crazed exploration of the whole issue of self-deception from a leading and interesting evolutionary biologist. There are times when you can sense his out thereness. Indeed someone just told me he (at 70 or so) had been suspended from teaching because...

    I have been trying to convince myself to write reviews for all the books read, and this is a good time as ever to get started. Trivers summarized his main thesis more or less within the first two chapters of the book, and the rest are a series of commentary based on life examples, r...

    Robert Trivers?s new book is a curious document ? a book about deception and self-deception that is itself deceptive, in structure, voice and argument. A celebrated evolutionary biologist, Trivers uses the tools of his trade to answer a basic question: Why are deception and self...

    Do not be fooled by the summary, this book has no true topic. It reads as if Trivers posited an initial question and then decided to write a series of tangentially related chapters to fill the book. The introduction identifies an interesting question and then the remainder of the bo...

  • Paul Stonehouse
    Aug 13, 2017

    the weaknesses of this book are all the more frustrating given the potentially highly important target the aims for ? an understanding of how biological self-deception leads to problematic errors and biases in our daily existence. three major weaknesses keep this book from reachin...

    A very personal, sometimes a little crazed exploration of the whole issue of self-deception from a leading and interesting evolutionary biologist. There are times when you can sense his out thereness. Indeed someone just told me he (at 70 or so) had been suspended from teaching because...

    I have been trying to convince myself to write reviews for all the books read, and this is a good time as ever to get started. Trivers summarized his main thesis more or less within the first two chapters of the book, and the rest are a series of commentary based on life examples, r...

    Robert Trivers?s new book is a curious document ? a book about deception and self-deception that is itself deceptive, in structure, voice and argument. A celebrated evolutionary biologist, Trivers uses the tools of his trade to answer a basic question: Why are deception and self...

    Do not be fooled by the summary, this book has no true topic. It reads as if Trivers posited an initial question and then decided to write a series of tangentially related chapters to fill the book. The introduction identifies an interesting question and then the remainder of the bo...

    Having read and studied widely in animal behavior/sociobiology since college, I was already aware of Trivers' work in the field. Having read several books about denial and related ideas in psychology, I thought this book would be a great embodiment of the overlapping area of that Venn ...

    Biologist Robert Trivers' book The Folly of Fools tells the manifest ways human beings deceive themselves, from politics and religion to science and everyday life. In the earlier portion of the book, Trivers traces the way in which self-deception involved in human beings and other anim...

    La naturaleza es una mentirosa. Los animales se camuflan para cazar a otros o no ser cazados por otros. No es la excepcin, sino la norma. Y nosotros? Pues no slo engaamos continuamente, sino que nos engaamos a nosotros mismos. Nos creemos mejores de lo que somos; todos creemo...

    Some interesting and unexpected insights that, as the author says, merit greater inspection. I understand that RT also made early contributions to evolutionary psychology. Clearly, one of those who marches to a different drummer. ...

    Difficilmente inquadrabile, Robert Trivers. Non ancora settantenne (ne compir 69 il 19 febbraio), considerato uno dei pi importanti studiosi dell?evoluzione contemporanei. Basti pensare che lui che ha scritto l?introduzione al libro sull?evoluzione pi influente degli ...

    This book is provocative and left me intrigued by the possibility that deception is endemic to life because it is evolutionally advantageous and that we engage in self-deception in order to better deceive others. I can't say that the book left me convinced of this, because (as Trivers ...

    The topic of this book in intriguing: "How do deception and self-deception impact human cognition and social interaction?" Trivers provides many examples of deception and self-deception, often with disastrous long-term consequences, but fails to weave all the threads of his topic into ...

    Well, it's pretty obvious that Robert Trivers has been pondering the concept of deceit and self-deception quite a bit. Having said that, it's a pity that such a interesting topic has been ruined by his lack of objectivity. There are multiple embarrassing accounts of his own experiences...

    This is a really interesting book, full of fascinating and thought-provoking ideas and arguments. I liked everything except the material on religion. As a student of human foibles, Robert Trivers should be especially aware of the self deception involved in religious belief. And at ...

    I read this ebook in Chinese, it turned out to have so much information inside that i took more time to read it with joy. Self-inflation, derogation of others, in-group feelings, a sense of power, the illusion of control, false social theories, false internal narratives, unconscious m...

    Overly simplistic descriptions of difficult subjects. The author moves from topic to topic in a meandering display. I love the topic, and forced myself to read as much as I could, but the conclusions and actions were far from clear. I would recommend reading Thinking Fast, Thinking S...

  • Erika
    Jan 23, 2017

    the weaknesses of this book are all the more frustrating given the potentially highly important target the aims for ? an understanding of how biological self-deception leads to problematic errors and biases in our daily existence. three major weaknesses keep this book from reachin...

    A very personal, sometimes a little crazed exploration of the whole issue of self-deception from a leading and interesting evolutionary biologist. There are times when you can sense his out thereness. Indeed someone just told me he (at 70 or so) had been suspended from teaching because...

    I have been trying to convince myself to write reviews for all the books read, and this is a good time as ever to get started. Trivers summarized his main thesis more or less within the first two chapters of the book, and the rest are a series of commentary based on life examples, r...

    Robert Trivers?s new book is a curious document ? a book about deception and self-deception that is itself deceptive, in structure, voice and argument. A celebrated evolutionary biologist, Trivers uses the tools of his trade to answer a basic question: Why are deception and self...

    Do not be fooled by the summary, this book has no true topic. It reads as if Trivers posited an initial question and then decided to write a series of tangentially related chapters to fill the book. The introduction identifies an interesting question and then the remainder of the bo...

    Having read and studied widely in animal behavior/sociobiology since college, I was already aware of Trivers' work in the field. Having read several books about denial and related ideas in psychology, I thought this book would be a great embodiment of the overlapping area of that Venn ...

    Biologist Robert Trivers' book The Folly of Fools tells the manifest ways human beings deceive themselves, from politics and religion to science and everyday life. In the earlier portion of the book, Trivers traces the way in which self-deception involved in human beings and other anim...

    La naturaleza es una mentirosa. Los animales se camuflan para cazar a otros o no ser cazados por otros. No es la excepcin, sino la norma. Y nosotros? Pues no slo engaamos continuamente, sino que nos engaamos a nosotros mismos. Nos creemos mejores de lo que somos; todos creemo...

    Some interesting and unexpected insights that, as the author says, merit greater inspection. I understand that RT also made early contributions to evolutionary psychology. Clearly, one of those who marches to a different drummer. ...

    Difficilmente inquadrabile, Robert Trivers. Non ancora settantenne (ne compir 69 il 19 febbraio), considerato uno dei pi importanti studiosi dell?evoluzione contemporanei. Basti pensare che lui che ha scritto l?introduzione al libro sull?evoluzione pi influente degli ...

    This book is provocative and left me intrigued by the possibility that deception is endemic to life because it is evolutionally advantageous and that we engage in self-deception in order to better deceive others. I can't say that the book left me convinced of this, because (as Trivers ...

    The topic of this book in intriguing: "How do deception and self-deception impact human cognition and social interaction?" Trivers provides many examples of deception and self-deception, often with disastrous long-term consequences, but fails to weave all the threads of his topic into ...

    Well, it's pretty obvious that Robert Trivers has been pondering the concept of deceit and self-deception quite a bit. Having said that, it's a pity that such a interesting topic has been ruined by his lack of objectivity. There are multiple embarrassing accounts of his own experiences...

    This is a really interesting book, full of fascinating and thought-provoking ideas and arguments. I liked everything except the material on religion. As a student of human foibles, Robert Trivers should be especially aware of the self deception involved in religious belief. And at ...

    I read this ebook in Chinese, it turned out to have so much information inside that i took more time to read it with joy. Self-inflation, derogation of others, in-group feelings, a sense of power, the illusion of control, false social theories, false internal narratives, unconscious m...

    Overly simplistic descriptions of difficult subjects. The author moves from topic to topic in a meandering display. I love the topic, and forced myself to read as much as I could, but the conclusions and actions were far from clear. I would recommend reading Thinking Fast, Thinking S...

    Not sure if this was 100% real science. Or maybe 99%... Genes of mother and father vibrating to mom and dad's words? That's one step short of genes thinking for themselves. That's hard to believe and even harder to prove. Not sure if that's pseudoscience. Overall an interesting read o...

    Underwhelming book. The examples get tiresome and pretty soon, the section headings tell you all you need to know. I skip-read this. I was expecting it to be revelatory somehow but it was just plain obvious at times. ...

    The book contains some fascinating evolutionary psychology about deception and self-deception from an expert in the field. But the book became irritating when the author strayed into political issues in areas outside the science. ...

    Interesting, but academic. ...

    It took me a very long time to get through this. There is some very interesting stuff here but it seems like facts mixed in with editorial opinions. Sections tend to be very short but the whole thing feels disjointed. I think Trivers is an absolute genius and was disappointed that I wa...

    "We deceive ourselves the better to deceive others" (p3). Why do we lack self-knowledge and how does that affect us and other animals? Biologist Trivers treats this subject from many different sides; the biological and the personal-takes are the best. And his bashing of social sciences...

    I rarely give a book five stars, and only if I think it says something new and important. It?s not new that we humans practice deceit on others and ourselves, but Trivers takes the point much further. If human intelligence, which we love to lord over other species, is our defining qu...

    This book was, as a reality show contestant would say, a roller-coaster ride (reality shows: there's a subject of self-deception that Robert Trivers doesn't cover but could have had great fun mining). At first sight I thought it was going to be deadly dull. I haven't heard of Trivers, ...

    This has all the makings of a great book. It isn?t one. It?s OK, nothing more. With exception of the first few chapters, this book is a disjointed mess of speculation, personal anecdotes, and political opinion. Mind you, much of that is entertaining and sometimes well-written...

    'Folly' began well enough with a fair overview of the evolutionary rationale and selection pressure towards self-deception. Trivers was strongest when using ethological and biological examples to illustrate his point. The text quickly devolved into a rambling political tract that detra...

    I bought this book thinking - because the title was so explicit and Penguin had published it under its psychology series - that I knew what it was about and how it would play along. I was positively surprised at being wrong, the book turned out to give much more than I expected. The ma...

    "Another problem that baffles me is whence the anti-pleasure bias? It is often said by opponents of medical marijuana that we already have legal drugs that promote appetite or suppress pain, so why should we give in to illegal ones? Yet the latter also give pleasure, so that you surviv...

    I struggled with this book for much of the time I was reading it. I was particularly dismayed by the hyperbole and often harsh criticism he used with regard to a number of subjects. A little more balance would have been better. There were also many errors of fact particularly in his an...

    La lgica del engao y el autoengao opera de la misma forma en distintos medios. En este libro encontramos una teora frente a cmo nos engaamos da a da en cualquier rea en la que nos encontremos, profesional, biolgica, econmica, estatal, etc., sin embargo, en la i...

  • Alison
    Sep 25, 2017

    the weaknesses of this book are all the more frustrating given the potentially highly important target the aims for ? an understanding of how biological self-deception leads to problematic errors and biases in our daily existence. three major weaknesses keep this book from reachin...

    A very personal, sometimes a little crazed exploration of the whole issue of self-deception from a leading and interesting evolutionary biologist. There are times when you can sense his out thereness. Indeed someone just told me he (at 70 or so) had been suspended from teaching because...

    I have been trying to convince myself to write reviews for all the books read, and this is a good time as ever to get started. Trivers summarized his main thesis more or less within the first two chapters of the book, and the rest are a series of commentary based on life examples, r...

    Robert Trivers?s new book is a curious document ? a book about deception and self-deception that is itself deceptive, in structure, voice and argument. A celebrated evolutionary biologist, Trivers uses the tools of his trade to answer a basic question: Why are deception and self...

    Do not be fooled by the summary, this book has no true topic. It reads as if Trivers posited an initial question and then decided to write a series of tangentially related chapters to fill the book. The introduction identifies an interesting question and then the remainder of the bo...

    Having read and studied widely in animal behavior/sociobiology since college, I was already aware of Trivers' work in the field. Having read several books about denial and related ideas in psychology, I thought this book would be a great embodiment of the overlapping area of that Venn ...

    Biologist Robert Trivers' book The Folly of Fools tells the manifest ways human beings deceive themselves, from politics and religion to science and everyday life. In the earlier portion of the book, Trivers traces the way in which self-deception involved in human beings and other anim...

    La naturaleza es una mentirosa. Los animales se camuflan para cazar a otros o no ser cazados por otros. No es la excepcin, sino la norma. Y nosotros? Pues no slo engaamos continuamente, sino que nos engaamos a nosotros mismos. Nos creemos mejores de lo que somos; todos creemo...

    Some interesting and unexpected insights that, as the author says, merit greater inspection. I understand that RT also made early contributions to evolutionary psychology. Clearly, one of those who marches to a different drummer. ...

    Difficilmente inquadrabile, Robert Trivers. Non ancora settantenne (ne compir 69 il 19 febbraio), considerato uno dei pi importanti studiosi dell?evoluzione contemporanei. Basti pensare che lui che ha scritto l?introduzione al libro sull?evoluzione pi influente degli ...

    This book is provocative and left me intrigued by the possibility that deception is endemic to life because it is evolutionally advantageous and that we engage in self-deception in order to better deceive others. I can't say that the book left me convinced of this, because (as Trivers ...

    The topic of this book in intriguing: "How do deception and self-deception impact human cognition and social interaction?" Trivers provides many examples of deception and self-deception, often with disastrous long-term consequences, but fails to weave all the threads of his topic into ...

    Well, it's pretty obvious that Robert Trivers has been pondering the concept of deceit and self-deception quite a bit. Having said that, it's a pity that such a interesting topic has been ruined by his lack of objectivity. There are multiple embarrassing accounts of his own experiences...

    This is a really interesting book, full of fascinating and thought-provoking ideas and arguments. I liked everything except the material on religion. As a student of human foibles, Robert Trivers should be especially aware of the self deception involved in religious belief. And at ...

    I read this ebook in Chinese, it turned out to have so much information inside that i took more time to read it with joy. Self-inflation, derogation of others, in-group feelings, a sense of power, the illusion of control, false social theories, false internal narratives, unconscious m...

    Overly simplistic descriptions of difficult subjects. The author moves from topic to topic in a meandering display. I love the topic, and forced myself to read as much as I could, but the conclusions and actions were far from clear. I would recommend reading Thinking Fast, Thinking S...

    Not sure if this was 100% real science. Or maybe 99%... Genes of mother and father vibrating to mom and dad's words? That's one step short of genes thinking for themselves. That's hard to believe and even harder to prove. Not sure if that's pseudoscience. Overall an interesting read o...

    Underwhelming book. The examples get tiresome and pretty soon, the section headings tell you all you need to know. I skip-read this. I was expecting it to be revelatory somehow but it was just plain obvious at times. ...

    The book contains some fascinating evolutionary psychology about deception and self-deception from an expert in the field. But the book became irritating when the author strayed into political issues in areas outside the science. ...