The selfish goal: Self-deception occurs naturally from autonomous goal operation

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 34 (1):27-28 (2011)
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Self-deception may be a natural consequence of active goal operation instead of an adaptation for negotiating the social world. We argue that because autonomous goal programs likely drove human judgment and behavior prior to evolution of a central executive or “self,” these goal programs can operate independently to attain their desired end states and thereby produce outcomes that “deceive” the individual.

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