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Born Liars Why We Can't Live without Deceit

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Our attitudes to lying are confused and contradictory - you might even say, self-deceiving. On the one hand we hate lies, and liars. On the other, we all indulge in fibs, tall tales and fantasies. If lying is wrong, why do we all do it - both to others, and to ourselves? In Born Liars, Ian Leslie argues that, far from being a bug in the human software, lying is central to ...more
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Published May 1st 2011 by Quercus Books (first published 2011)
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Bookmaniac70
Книгата следва добре изпитания модел на популярната така да се каже "научна" литература- представя се една теза и се изреждат примери под формата на житейски случки и научни изследвания в нейна подкрепа. Този модел винаги ме настройва скептично, тъй като създава идеална предпоставка за манипулиране на читателското мнение в желаната от автора посока. Леката умствена гимнастика, която се симулира при четивата от този род, подлъгва читателя да си мисли, че подхранва интелекта си, докато в действите ...more
T. Edmund
In Born Liars Ian Leslie dissects deceit through the lens of law, psychology and culture. It's a fascinating ride, but I wouldn't recommend the central section which covers self-deception for anyone feeling squeamish about their own illusions. Leslie unpacks many of the cognitive biases we have towards viewing ourselves positively and reading this book may just remove those illusions.

The first few chapters are recommended to all however, especially anyone enamoured with the idea of lie-detecting
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Scotchneat
Lying is a biological imperative and probably a part of our survival.

Leslie looks at deceit - of others, of ourselves - through a variety of lenses, including science, psychology, anthropology, biology and sociology. What comes through is how much deceit plays into our ability to relate to each other, and to succeed.

For example, studies show that achievers regularly build themselves to be better than they are, to themselves. And also, that "normal" people are overly positive in what they believ
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Mutlu Cankay
Yazar metnini genel anlamda yalan anlayışımızı irdeleyerek açmış. Yeni tanışan kimselerin 10 dakika içinde ortalama 3 yalan söylediğini, yalancının hep bir başkası ( kesinlikle biz değil ) olduğunu ve gerçeği içinde bulunduğumuz arkaplana göre sürekli yeniden yarattığımızı, esas kültürel normdan uzaklaştığı zaman ifadenin yalan sayıldığını belirtmiş. Kutsal kitaplara kelimesi kelimesine inanılacak olursa en büyük yalancının Tanrı olduğunu belirtip açıklamış: “Adem ve Havva’nın ölmeyeceklerini bi ...more
Ain  Romeli
A lot of bubbles popped as I read the book. This is an excellent read in understanding the relationship between physiology/psychology as well as anthropology with the condition on how human conduct their brain in regards of lying on daily basis. This book also covers the delineation of macro-lying segments and attempt in answering the abstract question of the murderer at the door and many more! I personally love the discussion on the placebo effect. I am in awe of this book for not only it has a ...more
زينب
I loved this book. But I hate how it makes you suspect everything...
Tariq Mahmood
This book resolved a personal dilemma for me, someone raised in a traditional predominately Muslim culture where lying and deceit are very black and dark attributes of any human being's core nature which this particular book seems to agree with. It is truth which is an acquired trait which we all struggle to achieve during our existence on earth. As an eastern expat striving in the West, I have always struggled with the notion of whether to trust first or distrust upon initial contact, as I tend ...more
Milena
Изумителна книга! Показва до каква степен лъжата, измамата, самозаблудата са част от живота ни. Не просто част, а есенциални за оцеляването на човешкия вид, за по-добрите ни социални връзки и отношения, за материалното ни благополучие.
Изумително е как заблуждаваме себе си, как позволяваме да бъдем заблуждавани от рекламите, как децата се учат да лъжат, за да се харесат на възрастните, нищо, че почти всеки, който е родител, неуморно и лицемерно убеждава децата си, че няма нищо по-лошо от лъжата
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Colin
This is an interesting book. It takes a very broad look at the telling of lies, from a scientific and cultural perspective. Some parts are more interesting than others, and I would like sources for some of the claims, but definitely worth reading.
Catherine
It was a well written book that covered the history of the lie, how we evolved to do it better then most animals and had many interesting studies scattered within the chapters.
worth the read :)
Nathan Hur
eye-opening and interesting, especially about the brain hemispheres and the placebo effect. A worthwhile read. Trust me.
Chiara Toselli
There ain’t no way to hide your lyin’eyes
Sophie
Fascinating book about lying - why it's regarded as morally wrong and when it's socially more acceptable to lie than to tell the truth. The scope of the book covers self-deception and the effects of it (both positive and negative) - for example: why placebos work and why those who are successful are often good at self-deception (to make them think they're above average). It covers scientific research, philosophy, observation, film, tv, literature and anything else that seems relevant. Truly inte ...more
Peter O'Brien
"Our need to keep in touch with reality exists in tension with an equally strong need to make up stories that arn't true - and to believe in them. Without the former, we couldn't get on for long with our environment or with each other. Without the latter we wouldn't have the imaginative reach that has driven all of human progress."

Without a doubt, a very important book to read, the story it tells will turn you into a much more effective human being, no lie!
Gill
Born Liarswas thought-provoking, fascinating and entertaining. I didn’t think it would be as enjoyable as it was. I was hooked from the first chapter. Ian Leslie talks about how deceit is part of every encounter we have and how important it is. It’s packed full of interesting anecdotes and touches on philosophy, psychology, anthropology...I think it has something for everyone and well worth reading. And that’s the whole truth! ...more
Lor Du frent
This is a broad book touching on everything from the possible role deceit played in the development of the brain to the use of self-deceit as a tool for making sense of the world. The history of lie detection also gets a mention, as well as the philosophy of the well-intentioned lie. Given how little of what we know can be definitively proven as "true", what we do with falsehoods is something worth knowing.
Nia
I liked this book a great deal, it skimmed over some of the topics which could have benefitted from more depth and discussion but had particularly interesting insights into the placebo effect in medicine and the nature of self-deception.

This book has sparked my interest in the nature of lying and I will be reading more about the topic, so a definite win for this book in my opinion.
Ian Mcneish
A very well put together account of why lying is needed to function as a human being with Case studies to show why lying can actually be beneficial, think of a placebo in medicine, and also the power of believing in lies can have on the brain.

A different book from what I would normally read, but I am glad I had a look!

Very interesting book!
Kaggyzet
This book is insightful and easy to understand. It presents its ideas, explanations and examples regarding psychology in the form of interesting stories that gripped me. Good book :)
Nicola Hall
Very good book. Absolutely love the psychology behind it, really amazing how true it is. A little scary at times how true and how much lying and deceit can affect a person.
Niels
Very good all-round piece of work that takes you places you have never thought about were filled with deceit and downright lies. Really an eye opener..
Anosh
Pretty decent popular science book. It looks at lies from a lot of different angles and describes very interesting psychology experiments.
Anja Kloch
BRILLIANT - after reading this and if you have kids you won't know what do to when the lie the next time.
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Paul Cheney
A really interesting book. Or am I lying? You'll have to read this and decide!
Jill Edmondson
What a neat book! Learned all kinds of interesting things from it!
Lee Evans
Very interesting read, especially enjoyed the case studies.
Fm226
Love this book. The experiment conducted is fun to read.
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