Better to go to bed lonely than to wake up guilty

Tim Lewens

  • BuyDeceit and Self-Deception: Fooling Yourself the Better to Fool Others by Robert Trivers
    Penguin, 416 pp, £10.99, January, ISBN 978 0 14 101991 8

What do we learn about the human mind from evolutionary theorising? One might think that evolutionary psychology is predominantly a backward-looking science that sketches the historical processes that led to specific aspects of the way we reason. But most evolutionists think their investigations have a forward-looking dimension too: they argue that pinning down the social and ecological demands made on our ancestors can help us to characterise more accurately what our minds are like right now.

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