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Born Liars

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Ian Leslie

The time has come to change how we look at lying. It's not a bad character flaw that infects bad people. On the contrary, besides being a human trait that serves us well in our being, it remains a useful tool, especially when we don't want to hurt someone's feelings. Do not put too much trust in your own knowledge. You have to admit that you may be wrong about what you consider you know if you want to be honest with yourself. Replacing "I know" with "I think" will make you more open to discussion, leading to your better contribution to humanity.

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In Born Liars (2011), the author reveals the truth about lying and its role in our lives. As opposed to being seen as an unwanted bug in our system, lying not only makes us smart but also helps save many lives and contributes to our health. Here, you’ll discover how deceit defines us as human beings, the origins and neuroscience of fibbing, and why you can't detect every lie.

Book summary

The time has come to change how we look at lying. It's not a bad character flaw that infects bad people. On the contrary, besides being a human trait that serves us well in our being, it remains a useful tool, especially when we don't want to hurt someone's feelings. Do not put too much trust in your own knowledge. You have to admit that you may be wrong about what you consider you know if you want to be honest with yourself. Replacing "I know" with "I think" will make you more open to discussion, leading to your better contribution to humanity.

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Lies are integral to our existence.

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Liars can’t be detected perfectly with machines.

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Humans also lie to themselves from time to time.

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While some lies contribute to saving lives, others help to make sales.

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It is difficult to determine whether lying is morally acceptable.

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