Ian Leslie's book Born Liars: Why We Can't Live Without Deceit is an exhilarating tour around the psychology, neuroscience and anthropology of deceit. It explores the role it played in our evolution and looks at lying in our childhoods, in our relationships, and our careers; in medicine, politics, advertising and war. Its thesis is that 'lying isn't a perversion of our nature - it's central to it.' Ian will visit the RSA to ask whether all human societies, including our own, need lies to function properly - and if so, which lies?"
Ian Leslie lives in London, combining careers in advertising and writing.
first book, To Be President (Politicos, 2008), was described by Adam
Boulton as 'brilliantly capturing the drama and emotion of Obama's
successful run for the White House' and was extracted by Granta. He
regularly appears as an analyst of American politics on Sky and the BBC.
He has written about politics, culture, marketing, and psychology for
Prospect, the Guardian and The Times. Born Liars: Why We Can't Live
Without Deceit is published by Quercus in 2011.