Book: Spotting Fakers, lies, and illusions using elementary theories about the mind by Miklos Zoltancategories: Book, Human Mind, Problems, Lies, Solution, Thoughts, How To, False, Issuions, Mind Works, History, Downfalls, Social Living, Spotting Fakers
Miklos Zoltanabout this book: For the past 25 years, I mostly wrote computer code and technical documents. Why would I switch to writing a book?
It is said that history repeats itself. I see the economic decline we experience as the living proof that we have missed something. Do we know why history repeats? Even more importantly, what are we going to do about it to make this a better place for our children? I believe that the roller coaster ride of history can be smoothed out by raising awareness of the underlying issues. This is what prompted my writing.
• "Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws." (Plato, over 23 centuries ago)
Why do people go around the laws and betray our ethical expectations? How can we prevent them from doing that? Passing more laws and changing the social systems does not seem to be enough. Throughout history, we have tried endless combinations of these already with temporary success. This dilemma had my attention for over a decade.
Since the age of 17, I have been fascinated with the human mind. I have done plenty of research and even conducted my own surveys. My decades of software and hardware engineering background helped me to see the subject from alternative perspectives. The book starts with elementary theories and signs related to Fakers (compulsive liars who pretend to be trustworthy), then gradually progresses to explain the underlying mental phenomena. Prior education in the related sciences is not required.
I am convinced that every one of us has an infallible mind. False and missing information is the cause of most if not all human mistakes. Our minds filter the false but occasionally we accept something due to pressure and influence. Once we accept something incorrect, we tend not to look at it again. We use it as if it was true. These create an invisible mental load on our mind therefore finding and handling false information can be very rewarding and uplifting. Aside from spotting Fakers, it is also the key to solving many persistent problems related in business, science, school and more.
Writing this book was a true personal journey for me because it helped me to discover even more. I have been making notes for years but the editing really helped me polish up the conclusions. I have edited it five times before sending it to my wonderful editor (Nancy M. Padrón) who specializes in making technical subjects reader friendly.
I hope you find the book informative and useful.
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