From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul> Date: Tue, 03 Jan 2012 19:22:50 -0500 Archived: Tue, 03 Jan 2012 19:22:50 -0500 Subject: The Hidden Logic Of Deception Source: ScientificAmerican.Com http://tinyurl.com/7fc4dy4 December 27, 2011 The Hidden Logic Of Deception Prominent biologist Robert Trivers probes the deep origins of deceit, and offers a solution to the Darwinian paradox of self- deception By Gareth Cook We lie to ourselves all the time. We tell ourselves that we are better than average -- that we are more moral, more capable, less likely to become sick or suffer an accident. Itís an odd phenomenon, and an especially puzzling one to those who think about our evolutionary origins. Self-deception is so pervasive that it must confer some advantage. But how could we be well served by a brain that deceives us? This is one of the topics tackled by Robert Trivers in his new book, "The Folly of Fools", a colorful survey of deception that includes plane crashes, neuroscience and the transvestites of the animal world. He answered questions from Mind Matters editor Gareth Cook. Cook: Do you have any favorite examples of deception in the natural world? Trivers: Tough call. They are so numerous, intricate and bizarre. But you can hardly beat female mimics for general interest. These are males that mimic females in order to achieve closeness to a territory-holding male, who then attracts a real female ready to lay eggs. The territory-holding male imagines that he is in bed (so to speak) with two females, when really he is in bed with one female and another male, who, in turn, steals part of the paternity of the eggs being laid by the female. The internal dynamics of such transvestite threesomes is only just being analyzed. But for pure reproductive artistry one can not beat the tiny blister beetles that assemble in arrays of 100ís to 1000ís, linking together to produce the larger illusion of a female solitary bee, which attracts a male bee who flies into the mirage in order to copulate and thereby carries the beetles to their next host. Cook: At what age do we see the first signs of deception in humans? Trivers: [More at site... thanks to 'The Norm' for the lead] Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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