Reasoning as a lie detection device

  • Jean-Louis Dessalles
  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences, March 2011, Cambridge University Press
  • DOI: 10.1017/s0140525x10002815

What is it about?

This paper examines my 1998 proposal that deliberative reasoning and argumentation evolved to publicly point to inconsistencies (and restore consistency). The function of this ability is to denounce liars (and resist such denunciation), and take social advantage from such denunciation.

Why is it important?

The paper proposes a consistent Darwinian function for argumentative behavior (which fills up more than one half of talking time).

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