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  • Copyright: 2009-05-12
  • Publisher: Stanford Univ Pr
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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.Deceptionoffers 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.Deceptionis a particularly timely and insightful work. Its scope and subject make it compelling reading for a broad readership.

Author Biography

Brooke Harrington is Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute in Cologne, Germany. She is the author of Pop Finance: Investment Clubs and Stock Market Populism (2008). A graduate of Stanford and Harvard Universities, she has been a visiting scholar at the Santa Fe Institute and has been recognized for excellence in research by the National Science Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Introduction: Beyond True and Falsep. 1
Defining and Detecting Deception
Dealing with Deception in Biologyp. 19
Palteringp. 38
Thoughts, Feelings, and Deceptionp. 55
Why Most People Parse Palters, Fibs, Lies, Whoppers, and Other Deceptions Poorlyp. 74
Deception and Technology
Digital Doctoring: Can We Trust Photographs?p. 95
Digital Deception: The Practice of Lying in the Digital Agep. 109
Cognitive Hacking: Detecting Deception on the Webp. 121
Trust and Deception
Leaps and Leaps of Faith: Exploring the Relationship Between Trust and Deceptionp. 137
Tying the Truth in Knots: Trustworthiness and Accountability in the Inka Khipup. 154
Does Rumor Lie? Narrators, Trust, and the Framing of Unsecured Informationp. 183
Crocodile Tears, or, Method Acting in Everyday Lifep. 201
Deception and Institutions
Deception and Trust in Health Crisesp. 215
Responding to Deception: The Case of Fraud in Financial Marketsp. 236
Military Deception in the Information Age: Scale Mattersp. 254
The Pleasures of Lyingp. 275
Notesp. 289
Indexp. 329
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