Originally Posted by gonzostrike
unfortunately kids learn lying from peers and parents. and they learn it while they're still naive and impressionable, and it takes root and becomes second nature.
There was also some published data, that distorting reality with language was not a uniquely human trait. One of the signing gorillas - Koko I think - "lied" in ASL to avoid getting herself in trouble. I suppose you could argue that she picked that up from her human trainers, but it's still a fascinating concept.