Born Liars: Why We Can't Live Without Deceit
Lying is an intrinsic part of our social fabric, but it is also a deeply problematic and misunderstood aspect of what makes us human. Ian Leslie takes us on a fascinating journey that makes us question not only our own relationship to the truth, but also virtually every daily encounter we have. On the way he dissects the history of the lie detector, how parents affect their children’s attitude to lying (and vice versa), Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, the philosophical ambiguity of telling the truth, Bill Clinton’s presentational prowess, Wonder Woman’s lasso of truth, and why we should be wary of anyone with more than 150 Facebook friends.
Born Liars is thought-provoking, anecdotally driven narrative nonfiction at its best. Ian Leslie’s intoxicating blend of anthropology, biology, cultural history, philosophy, and popular psychology belies a serious central message: that humans have evolved and thrived in large part because of their ability to deceive.
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Although I regard Pop Psychology with abhorrence akin to that of a Muslim presented with a plate of pork – and the religious analogy is apt because Leslie accuses God of being the first liar – this ... Read full review
1 The Lying Animal
2 First Lies
4 Tells and Leakages
5 The Dream of a Truth Machine
6 I Me Lie
7 I Am Nice and in Control