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Introduction

  • Naomi Rokotnitz
Part of the Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance book series (CSLP)

Abstract

Most people have experienced a significant betrayal at least once in their lives. We extended our friendship, love and trust and received in return a slap in the face or, worse, a stab in the back. People can often be selfish, manipulative, dishonest and deliberately hurtful. And yet people also regularly place their trust in others and cooperate with “genetically unrelated strangers [and] with individuals they will never meet again” (Krueger et al. 2007: 3). 1 Are we all “very simple” fools? Or willfully blind? Or is there an advantage to trusting that exceeds the potential risk of error?

Keywords

Mirror Neuron Mirror Neuron System Mind Reading Radical Skepticism Dramatic Performance 
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© Naomi Rokotnitz 2011

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  • Naomi Rokotnitz

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