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Evolution, lies, and foresight biases

  • Thomas Suddendorf (a1)
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  • Published online: 03 February 2011

Humans are not the only animals to deceive, though we might be the only ones that lie. The arms race von Hippel & Trivers (VH&T) propose may have only started during hominin evolution. VH&T offer a powerful theory, and I suggest it can be expanded to explain why there are systematic biases in human foresight.

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