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Sneakiness as human nature?

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Whether one is much interested in the workings of the mind or related topics in cognitive science, Deric Bownds’ MindBlog is always fun to read and usually has something relevant to a manager, innovator, futurist or general dreamer. 

Yesterday his column disturbed me.  It’s basically about how larger brain sizes go with being sneaky.  No doubt it is true.  Evolution rewards a liar. 

One has to wonder whether evolution rewards collaboration in higher brain-sized species.  Of course packs and teams are prevalent in whales, dolphins, canines, and cats among others.  But what about planning for the future?  To my knowledge no creature but humans effectively plans for the future. 

I wonder if those plans are necessarily duplicitous?  Can we be open, collaborative and plan-oriented while still be honest?  Perhaps not.  Perhaps that will require machines, or machine-augmented humans that can easily smell a fib.

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Written by ryanlanham

January 13, 2009 at 3:46 pm

Posted in Moral Sense

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