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The evolution of misbelief

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From an evolutionary standpoint, a default presumption is that true beliefs are adaptive and misbeliefs maladaptive. But if humans are biologically engineered to appraise the world accurately and to form true beliefs, how are we to explain the routine exceptions to this rule? How can we account for mistaken beliefs, bizarre delusions, and instances of self-deception? We explore this question in some detail. We begin by articulating a distinction between two general types of misbelief: those r...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1017/S0140525X09990975

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Institution:
"University of Zurich, Switzerland", "University of Oxford"
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Anthropology and Museum Ethnography,School of - Anthropology and Mind,Centre for
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Tufts University, Medford, MA, USA
Department:
The Center for Cognitive Studies
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Cambridge University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Behavioral and Brain Sciences Journal website
Volume:
32
Issue:
6
Pages:
493-510
Publication date:
2009-12-05
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EISSN:
1469-1825
ISSN:
0140-525X
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uuid:98289f10-e585-4e2d-9404-cb1c8f850532
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ora:3476

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