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Deception : from ancient empires to Internet dating / edited by Brooke Harrington ; with a foreword by Murray Gell-Mann.


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Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c2009.
  • Book
  • xii, 346 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 289-327) and index.
  • Introduction : beyond true and false / Brooke Harrington
  • Dealing with deception in biology / Carl T. Bergstrom
  • Paltering / Frederick Schauer and Richard Zeckhauser
  • Thoughts, feelings, and deception / Mark G. Frank
  • Why most people parse palters, fibs, lies, whoppers, and other deceptions poorly / Maureen O'Sullivan
  • Digital doctoring : can we trust photographs? / Hany Farid
  • Digital deception : the practice of lying in the digital age / Jeffrey T. Hancock
  • Cognitive hacking : detecting deception on the Web / Paul Thompson
  • Leaps and lapses of faith : exploring the relationship between trust and deception / Guido Möllering
  • Tying the truth in knots : trustworthiness and accountability in the Inka khipu / Gary Urton
  • Does rumor lie? : narrators, trust, and the framing of unsecured information / Gary Alan Fine
  • Crocodile tears, or, Method acting in everyday life / Tom Lutz
  • Deception and trust in health crises / Ford Rowan
  • Responding to deception : the case of fraud in financial markets / Brooke Harrington
  • Military deception in the information age : scale matters / William Glenney IV
  • The pleasures of lying / Kenneth Fields.
Publisher's Summary:
From Internet-dating profiles to Native American folktales to the photo trickery of Hollywood gossip magazines, this volume explores deception and offers insights from leading figures in disparate fields, drawing out surprising commonalities. For the first time, one broadly accessible volume pulls together classic philosophical debates on deception with examinations of contemporary issues, including stock market fraud and terrorism. "Deception" offers a unique perspective on the state of the art: readers will find scholars from biology and physics in conversation with experts in mass media and culture, and archaeologists engaged with ideas from military strategists.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 a broad readership.
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Harrington, Brooke, 1968-

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