Deception and Evolutionary Biology

Essay Excerpt

What I have tried to do is to place the examples of deception in the conventional sense of the word. What I have tried to do is to place the examples of decepion into a coherent framework, which does not spell out in great detail, but in large brush stroks, how such behaviors might have evolved. Clearly, when we carefully examine the behavior of nonhuman primates and in particular, the Great Apes, we find abundant examples of behavior that is so complex that it serves as a useful analogue for much human behavior. Moreover, the study of deception in nonhuman primates provides a context and perspective for the human capacity for deceptive behavior. (Smith, 62)

About the Author

Dr. Euclid O. Smith is a Professor Emeritus at Emory University. His attentions lie mainly within the biological realm specifically, evolutionary theory, human behavioral evolution and primatology. He has published four books, 33 journal articles, 28 abstract pieces and eight other book chapters. Most pertain to the intersection of social behaviors and their cognitive implications whether they be evolutionary habits/behaviors or situated ecological tendencies, Dr. Smith has made a profound impact on evolutionary theory supplemental to the modern evolutionary synthesis

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