Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Evolution, lies, and foresight biases

Thomas Suddendorfa1

School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland 4072, Australia.


Humans are not the only animals to deceive, though we might be the only ones that lie. The arms race von Hippel & Trivers (VH&T) propose may have only started during hominin evolution. VH&T offer a powerful theory, and I suggest it can be expanded to explain why there are systematic biases in human foresight.