I checked out a new book from our public library, The Folly of Fools: The Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human life. I think the book will help me understand why people acquire information, only to later destroy that information, and completely deceive themselves in the process.
Why did we evolve amazing brains, only to trick ourselves out of using them properly? Natural selection should have rooted out such tendencies — unless they offer some evolutionary advantage.
I always thought that some people lie to themselves because they are protecting themselves. But can the answer really be that simple? Can we really draw a line between conscience and unconscious deception? Why fight so hard, to hold onto a false belief? I found a New York Times book review: LINK. If you would like to read it along with me, click the link below.
Tonight - Chapter One :-)