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Deception: From Ancient Empires to Internet Dating
  • Elisabeth Brooke Harrington, Copenhagen Business School

From internet dating profiles to Native American folktales, this volume offers the first broadly-accessible synthesis of the state of the art in deception research from across the social, natural and computational sciences, as well as the humanities. This edited volume includes chapters on evolutionary biology and military strategy, as well as public policy and social psychology. It integrates classic philosophical debates on deception with examinations of contemporary issues, including stock market fraud and terrorism. Contributors include Nobel Prize winner Murray Gell-Mann (Physics, 1969), and MacArthur "genius grant" winning anthropologist Gary Urton. As the essays make clear, deception touches virtually every aspect of our lives: in fact, recent psychological research suggests that we each tell at least two to three lies per day. Throughout the animal kingdom, survival and reproduction depend upon successful deceptions. But while deception has captured the interest of philosophers, scientists, warriors, and artists over thousands of years, our knowledge of the subject is limited. At the same time, new technologies have made deception more commonplace, more dangerous, and more difficult to detect than ever. Deception is a particularly timely and insightful work: its scope and subject make it compelling reading for general-interest readers, as well as for scholarly communities.

Publication Date
Stanford University Press
Citation Information
Harrington, Brooke. 2009. Deception: From Ancient Empires to Internet Dating. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.