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1. On lying

Lying has some strong advantages. For example, why do kids lie? Here are a few reasons:

For a more complete discussion on this behavior, see the book entitled "Why Kids Lie," by Dr. Paul Ekman, Penguin books (1989).

2. On camouflage

Afterall, isn't camouflage in the animal kingdom a form of lying? When used properly, it ensures your survival.

3. On war

And according to Sun Tzu on the Art of War (Lionel Giles, trans.) downloadable from this list of e-texts, by author

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Principle #:

18. All warfare is based on deception.

19. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.

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