a1 Department of Psychology, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL 33431. email@example.com
We examine the self-deceptive aspects of religion and nationalism. By embracing various religious or political ideals, regardless of their truth, our ancestors could have enhanced their confidence, solidified their social ties, and manipulated their reproductive rivals. This use of culture as one's extended phenotype may increase the spread of misinformation and create global webs of deception and self-deception.
(Online publication February 03 2011)