The Folly of Fools

The Folly of Fools

The Logic of Deceit and Self-deception in Human Life

Book - 2011
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Explores the author's theorized evolutionary basis for self-deception, which he says is tied to group conflict, courtship, neurophysiology, and immunology, but can be negated by awareness of it and its results.
Publisher: New York, NY : Basic Books, ©2011
ISBN: 9780465028054
Branch Call Number: 153.4 TRIVERS
Characteristics: xvi, 397 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 10, 2017

Good first half dealing with possible genetic reasons for over confidence, but I did not bother with the last half whic seemed to lose direction.

Jun 18, 2012

This is entertainingly written, and has some interesting things to say - particularly in the early sections that most closely match the author's area of expertise.

In the latter half or more of the book, the author falls into some of the same traps that he derides others for falling into.

Jan 20, 2012

His main argument is that the information going in through the senses is the same for everyone! and then hits the brain bias factory to change it all up..i.e. our foolishness and folly. A bias factory which of course has evolved from the misty dawn of time. It's the right tree, but he is only barking up one side of it .
But the reverse is also true the information projected by the senses
is different for everyone, bias in an either good or bad way is impressed on the world by the individual. Since a fool is responsible for his or her own folly as a choice it hardly falls as adequately explained by physical materialism alone or leftover evolutionary adaptionism.

fontainebleau Jan 17, 2012

The major problem with reading this book is not so much related to what the author conveys(much of what he says about the self-aggrandizement and
self-deception of American foreign military engagements is not only cogent and revelatory), but rather how he manages to write diffusely and sometimes incoherently. For a Harvard graduate, his command of the English language is appallingly obtuse and
disquieting, especially when he lapses into sociological and biological
jargon and phrasing, as is the case when he chooses to utilise the first person singular to describe his personal forays into past misadventures.
There are some interesting insights about
deceptive practices scattered throughout the book, but, on balance, the most delightful aspect about it is the engaging cover design, rather than the aggregate of the pagination which follows.

Dec 15, 2011

Triver's editors must have been asleep. The first half is a jumbled mess of "throw ideas out and see what sticks."

The second half is putrid anti-U.S. ranting, with the conclusion that anyone who doesn't agree with him is guilt of believing "false historical narratives." Sounds like something out of the Stalin era. Triver's for all his brainpower can distinguish between opinion and self-deception.
He should heed his own advice.


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