Robert Trivers Discusses Deception With Noam Chomsky

Some may find Chomsky talking about deception a tad ironic (see this post), but Trivers’s ideas about the evolution of self-deception are particularly interesting.

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  • jimjim

    I understand and appreciate Chomsky’s attitude to conspiracy theories. The guy only deals in hard facts. He might miss something now and then but if Chomsky says something is a confirmed fact then you can rest assured that it is as he says it is. This is a rare thing in this world and means that when he one day says that 911 was an inside job or that there was more than one gunman in Dallas that this is now confirmed fact.

  • jimjim

    I understand and appreciate Chomsky’s attitude to conspiracy theories. The guy only deals in hard facts. He might miss something now and then but if Chomsky says something is a confirmed fact then you can rest assured that it is as he says it is. This is a rare thing in this world and means that when he one day says that 911 was an inside job or that there was more than one gunman in Dallas that this is now confirmed fact.

  • Cerebralcaustic

    >The guy only deals in hard facts. He might miss something now and then but if Chomsky says something is a confirmed fact then you can rest assured that it is as he says it is.

    hahahahaha! good one!

    oh, wait, were you serious?

    Guess you’ve never fact-checked Chomsky’s non-linguistic work. The man’s a genius in linguistics, but his politics are often, shall we say, completely wrong.

    “Even on the rare occasions when Mr. Chomsky is dealing with facts and not with fantasies,
    he exaggerates by a factor of, plus or minus, four or five.” Walter Laqueur, The New Republic, March 24, 1982

    “After many years, I came to the conclusion that everything [Chomsky] says is false. He will lie just
    for the fun of it. Every one of his arguments was tinged and coded with falseness and pretense. It was like playing chess with extra pieces. It was all fake.” Paul Postal, The New Yorker, March 31, 2003

    The Top 200 Chomsky Lies:

    http://www.paulbogdanor.com/200chomskylies.pdf

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