In this radical and illuminating book, eloquent historian of ideas Eduardo Giannetti uncovers the truth about lies. Inclined to lie to ourselves—to believe our powers are greater and impulses are purer than they are—we are masters of our own self-deception. Giannetti looks to clues in the natural world and into our cultural and natural histories, offering a brilliantly engaging and provocative analysis of our favorite subject—ourselves.
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This is a book about the lies we tell ourselves, and Eduardo Giannetti approaches his subject by intriguing routes. He surveys the art of deception in the natural world ‹ orchids, for example, simulating female insects in order to trick the males. He considers chemical deception introduced into the human body by drugs. He assesses the role of self-deception in individual acts of daring and unmasks the degree of self-interest we hide from ourselves but are quick to spot in others. Of profound interest is the paradox that allows one part of the mind to lie to another, and Giannetti weighs the implications of this internal hypocrisy from an ethical point of view as it reflects on the individual and impacts on society. Eduardo Giannetti has a PhD in social science from Cambridge University; he is the author of Beliefs in Action.About the Author:
Eduardo Giannetti teaches at the Faculty of Economics, Administration and Accountancy at the University of Sao Paulo.
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