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The Evolution of Deception

Organisms may benefit by appearing to be other than what they are.. But the purveyor of deception may hurt the deceived. Therefore there are often defensive evolutionary responses by the deceived.  What has emerged is a complex pattern of what is involved in deception. Evolutionary biologist Gordon Orians guides us in an analysis of the rich patterns of deceit and why deceit-detectors have evolved. Orians is Professor Emeritus of Biology, University of Washington. He has served as its Director of Environmental Studies. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1989 and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1990.


Sunday, June 16, 2024 - 10:00am