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Advice Goddess Radio: Amy Alkon/Dr. Robert Trivers

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Nationally syndicated advice columist Amy Alkon's Advice Goddess Radio -- "Nerd Your Way To A Better Life!" with the best brains in science.
Tonight's guest is one of the rock stars of anthropology, Dr. Robert Trivers. Tonight, we'll be talking about his very interesting new book, "The Folly of Fools," on deception and self-deception, which I've quoted from in my syndicated column.

He'll lay out we evolved to be liars, and how, in order to lie better to others, we often lie to ourselves first. (Even infants practice deception.) We'll discuss the myths people believe about how they can detect lies, and discuss how “cognitive load” (limitations of memory and mind) plays a big part in our detection of deception in others and how minimizing it in ourselves helps lesson our chances in getting caught in a lie.

By the way, Trivers' breakthrough research and thinking on reciprocal altruism informed my thinking on why people are rude and how to change things that I wrote about in my book, "I See Rude People." 
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