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Brooke Harrington (ed.)
From Ancient Empires to Internet Dating
With a Foreword by Murray Gell-Mann

Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009
360 pages | ISBN 978-0804756495 | $ 34.95
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Abstract | Contents | Editor




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. Deception offers 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. Deception is a particularly timely and insightful work. Its scope and subject make it compelling reading for a broad readership.



Murray Gell-Mann
Introduction: Beyond True and False
Brooke Harrington

Part I: Defining and Detecting Deception
1 Dealing with Deception in Biology
Carl T. Bergstrom
2 Paltering
Frederick Schauer and Richard Zeckhauser
3 Thoughts, Feelings, and Deception
Mark G. Frank
4 Why Most People Parse Palters, Fibs, Lies, Whoppers, and Other Deceptions Poorly
Maureen O'Sullivan

Part II: Deception and Technology
5 Digital Doctoring: Can We Trust Photographs?
Hany Farid
6 Digital Deception: The Practice of Lying in the Digital Age
Jeffrey T. Hancock
7 Cognitive Hacking: Detecting Deception on the Web
Paul Thompson

Part III: Trust and Deception
8 Leaps and Lapses of Faith: Exploring the Relationship Between Trust and Deception
Guido Möllering
9 Tying the Truth in Knots: Trustworthiness and Accountability in the Inka Khipu
Gary Urton
10 Does Rumor Lie? Narrators, Trust, and the Framing of Unsecured Information
Gary Alan Fine
11 Crocodile Tears, or, Method Acting in Everyday Life
Tom Lutz

Part IV: Deception and Institutions
12 Deception and Trust in Health Crises
Ford Rowan
13 Responding to Deception: The Case of Fraud in Financial Markets
Brooke Harrington
14 Military Deception in the Information Age: Scale Matters
William Glenney IV
15 The Pleasures of Lying
Kenneth Fields



Brooke Harrington is Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies 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.

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