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Truth, Lies and Self-Deception: Introduction (00:29)


Suzannah Lipscomb introduces the idea of self-deception and poses the debate question: if we are deceiving ourselves, who is deceiving whom?

The Pitch: Parashkev Nachev (03:25)

Nachev criticizes the philosophy of psychology and outlines three critical points of his argument. He claims the concept of self-decision is incoherent, presents the idea of doxastic naiveté, and states that doxastic parts of us determine what we value most.

The Pitch: Janne Teller (02:31)

Teller claims that individuals use stories to comprehend the chaos of life. Teller divulges personal information about self-deception in the wake of her mother's schizophrenia and argues that self-deception is neutral.

The Pitch: Simon Wessely (03:23)

Wessely discusses confabulation and malingering and their role in self-deception.

What is Self-deception? (13:35)

Teller reflects on telling one's self everything will be OK. Nachev argues that self-deception is a form of delusion. Wessely reflects on social desirability.

Does Self-deception Mean we Have More than One Self? (09:22)

Nachev defines choice blindness and links it to self-deception. Teller and Wessely argue that the self is layered rather than split.

Can We Avoid Self-deception? (10:28)

Teller and Wessely discuss the positive impact of social self-deception. Nachev counters this argument by arguing, the self is not built on rational thought.

Credits: Truth, Lies and Self-Deception (00:23)

Credits: Truth, Lies and Self-Deception

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Truth, Lies and Self-Deception

Part of the Series : Institute of Art and Ideas: Cutting Edge Debates and Talks from the World's Leading Thinkers (Series 2)
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It is not an unusual human trait to imagine we are good when we are not, that we are loved when this is implausible, that we are selfless when we are selfish. But deep down, don't we know the truth? Can’t we see ourselves clearly if we want to?  Or is self-deception real, in which case, who is doing the deceiving? The Panel President of the Royal College of Psychiatry Simon Wessely, author of Nothing Janne Teller, and UCL neuroscientist Parashkev Nachev seek answers.

Length: 44 minutes

Item#: FMK145312

ISBN: 978-1-64198-828-5

Copyright date: ©2015

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