Refs? Evolution of Social Deception

Gessler, Nicholas (gessler@ANTHRO.SSCNET.UCLA.EDU)
Fri, 8 Sep 1995 10:35:00 PDT

This is a copy of a recent posting to Darwin-L:

I am looking for some literature on the evolution of deviousness, deception,
and downright deceit in primate, human and other societies. What I'd
like to find are some theoretical attempts to understand the dynamics of
disinformation practiced by the individual upon him/her self, and by
individuals upon others within a population. In particular, I'd like to see
if there are some references to fitness and selection on guile in societal

I'm looking for some theories to test using distributed agent simulations on
computer, and would appreciate any pointers readers may have towards relevant
literature. I have not found much to date.

Please reply to my e-mail address, and I will post the results back to the
list after a few days.

Many thanks,

Nick Gessler
UCLA - Anthropology