David Livingstone Smith’s Curriculum Vitae

David Livingstone Smith, Department of History and Philosophy, University of New England, 11 Hills Beach Road, Biddeford, ME 04005.    



Professor, Department of History and Philosophy, University of New England; Director, Human Nature Project


Philosophy of Psychology, Philosophy of Biology, Moral Psychology, Philosophy of Race


Dehumanization, race and racism, ideology, self-deception, psychological essentialism, biophilosophy.


Race, Racism, and Beyond; Problems of Knowledge; Philosophy of Psychology; Philosophy of Mind; Philosophy of Biology; Good and Evil, Right and Wrong; Freedom and Determinism; Philosophy of Psychoanalysis; Introduction to Epistemology; Modern Philosophy; Ancient Greek Philosophy; What’s Really Real (Topics in Contemporary Metaphysics); The Nature of Human Nature; Science and Human Nature; History and Systems of Psychology; Human Development; History of Psychoanalysis


Current    Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of New England; Director, The Human Nature Project

1997-1998  Interim Academic Dean, Principal Lecturer, School of Psychotherapy and Counseling, Regents College, London, UK.

1996        Associate Academic Dean, Senior Lecturer, Director, M.A. In Psychotherapy and Counseling, Full Professor, School of Psychotherapy and Counseling, Regents College, London, UK.

1993        Director, M.A. In Psychotherapy and Counseling, Senior Lecturer, School of Psychotherapy and Counseling, Regents College, London, UK.

1988        Lecturer, Antioch University, Center for British Studies, London, UK.

1983        Lecturer, South-West London College, London, UK.

Research fellowships:

2012 –      Senior research fellow, Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, Case Western Reserve University

Adjunct and visiting positions:

University of New England, University of London, Goldsmiths College, Surrey University, Middlesex University, Ithaca College, London City College.

Graduate degree committees: McMaster University, University of London, Antioch University, Rhodes University, London City College, Regent’s College


1996  Ph.D. University of London, Kings College

1983  M.A. Antioch University



  1. Making Monsters: The Uncanny Power of Dehumanization. Under contract, Harvard University Press
  2. Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave and Exterminate Others. New York: St. Martins Press, 2011.
  3. The Most Dangerous Animal: Human Nature and the Origins of War. New York: St. Martins Press, 2007.
  4. Why We Lie: The Evolutionary Roots of Deception and the Unconscious Mind. New York: St. Martins Press, 2004.
  5. Psychoanalysis in Focus. London: Sage, 2002.
  6. Freud’s Philosophy of the Unconscious. Dordrecht, NL: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1999. Preface by Adolf Grünbaum.
  7. Approaching Psychoanalysis: An Introductory Course. London: Karnac, 1999
  8. Hidden Conversations. London: Routledge. Revised Edition London: Karnac, 1999.

Edited Books

  1. How Biology Shapes Philosophy: New Foundations for Naturalism. Contributors: Daniel Dennett, Philip Kitcher, Peter Godfrey-Smith, John Dupré, Richard Boyd, Karen Neander, Edouard Machery, Patricia Churchland, Alex Rosenberg, David Papeneau, Ronald DeSousa, Luc Faucher, and Samir Oshaka. Forthcoming 2016, Cambridge University Press.

Edited Journal Issues

  1. ‘Evolutionary Biology and the Central Problems of Cognitive Science’, Journal of Mind and Behavior, 29(1-2) [2008].
  2. (with R. Haskell)Religion, Cognitive Science and Evolutionary Psychology’, Journal of Evolution and Cognition, 10(1) [2004].
  3. ‘Unconscious Cognition and Perception: Cognitive, Evolutionary and Psychodynamic Perspectives’ Theoria et Historia Scientiarum, 7(2) [2003].
  4. ‘Unconscious Cognition and Evolution’, Journal of Evolution and Cognition, 8(2) [2002] (with R. Haskell).

 Journal Articles

  1. ‘Paradoxes of dehumanization,’ Social Theory and Practice 42(2): 416-433.
  2. ‘The essence of evil,’ Aeon (October 24, 2014).
  3. ‘Horror sanguinis,’ (with Ioana Panaitiu), Common Knowledge 22(1): 69-80 [2015].
  4. ‘Dehumanization, essentialism, and moral psychology,’ Philosophy Compass 9(11): 814-824 [2014]
  5. ‘Form and function in self-deception: a biological model,’ Sistemi Intelligenti , 3: 565-580 [2013].
  6. ‘Self-deception: a teleofunctional approach,’ Philosophia, 42(1):181-199 [2013].
  7. ‘Conclusions, confusions, and exclusions,’ Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, 6(4), 532-535 [2012].
  8. ‘Précis of Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others,’ The Montreal Review [September, 2012].
  9. ‘Literature as self-engineering: an evolutionary hypothesis,’ Style 42(2 & 3) [2009]: 272-276.
  10. ‘Interrogating the Westermarck Hypothesis: Limitations, Problems and Alternatives,’ Biological Theory 2(3) [2007]: 307-316.
  11. ‘Beyond Westermarck: Can Shared Mothering or Maternal Phenotype Matching Account for Incest Avoidance?’ Evolutionary Psychology [www.epjournal.net], 5(1) [2007]: 202-222.
  12. ‘In praise of self-deception,’ Entelechy: Mind and Culture [spring/summer, 2006]
  13. ‘The architecture of self-deception: why Freud is still worth taking seriously,’ Entelechy: Mind and Culture [spring/summer, 2006].
  14. ‘Natural Born Liars,’ Scientific American Mind [June 2005].
  15. ‘A walk on the dark side: self-deception in psychotherapy,’ Psychotherapy in Australia, 10(4): [2004]: 12-15.
  16. ‘Responses to my critics,’ Psychoanalytische Perspektieven, 21(2) [2003]: 271-278.
  17. ‘The evolution of the unconscious,’ Psychoanalytische Perspektieven, 20(4) [2003]: 525-549.
  18. ‘The evolution of unconscious social cognition and communication,’ Theoria et Historia Scientiarum, 7(2) [2003]: 61-76.
  19. ‘A breast of flesh air: the evolution of unconscious verbal communication,’ Journal of Evolution and Cognition, 8(2) [2002]: 215-223.
  20. ‘The mirror-image of the present: Freud’s first theory of retrogressive screen memories,’ Psychoanalytische Perspektieven, 39 [2000]: 7-28.
  21. ‘Getting our act together: lessons for psychotherapy research from the philosophy of science,’ Journal of Clinical Psychology, 55(12) [1999]: 1495-1506.
  22. ‘Sigmund Freud’s programme for a science of consciousness,’ British Journal of Psychotherapy, 15(4) [1999]: 412-424.
  23. ‘Sigmund Freud and the Krick-Koch hypothesis: a footnote to the history of consciousness studies,’ International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 83(3) [1999]: 543-548.
  24. ‘John Searle’s unconscious: a Freudian philosophical critique,’ S.: Journal of the Universities Association for Psychoanalytic Studies, 1(2) [1999]: 64-79.
  25. ‘Should psycho-analysts believe what they say?’ British Journal of Psychotherapy, 13(10 [1996]: 64-75.
  26. ‘Mind and body in Freud.’ British Journal of Psychotherapy, 11(3) [1995], 392-397.
  27. ‘‘It sounds like an excellent idea!’: part four of a psychological cliff-hanger,’ Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis, 6(1) [1995]: 149-160.
  28. ‘Psychoanalysis, lies and videotape: the problem of dishonesty in psychotherapy,’ International Journal of Communicative Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, 8(4) [1994]: 109-113.
  29. ‘The concept of transference: fact or fantasy?’ International Journal of Communicative Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, 8(4) [1994]: 109-113.
  30. ‘Mind, models and scientific reasoning: a reply to Vesna A. Bonac,’ International Journal of Communicative Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, 7(1) [1992]: 63-70.
  31. ‘Teaching psychoanalysis in higher education,’ THERIP Newsletter, 8 [1992].
  32. ‘On the eve of a revolution: Freud’s concepts of consciousness and the unconscious in ‘Studies on Hysteria’ and ‘Project for a Scientific Psychology,’ British Journal of Psychotherapy 9(2) [1992]: 150-157.
  33. ‘The ego (and its superego) reconsidered,’ International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 69(3) [1988]: 401-407.
  34. ‘Narcissism since Freud: towards a unified theory,’ British Journal of Psychotherapy, 49(3) [1988]: 302-312.
  35. ‘Formulating and evaluating hypotheses in psychoanalytic psychotherapy’. British Journal of Medical Psychology, 60(4) [1987]: 312-317.
  36. ‘Freud’s developmental approach to narcissism,’ International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 66(4) [1985]: 489-497.

Chapters in Books and Encyclopedia Entries

  1. ‘Aspects of Dehumanization,’ in Gregg D. Caruso (ed.) Handbook of Philosophy and Public Policy. New York: Palgrave [in preparation].
  2. ‘A puzzle about ideology,’ for B. Kaldis (ed.), Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Synthese Library [forthcoming].
  3. ‘Naturalism,’ in Alex Rosenberg and Lee McIntyre (eds.) The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Social Science. New York: Routledge [forthcoming, 2016].
  4. ‘Aping the human essence: simianization as dehumanization,’ (with Ioana Panaitiu). In Wulf D. Hund and Charles W. Mills and Silvia Sebastiani (eds.), Racism Analysis Yearbook, Vol 6: Apes, Gender, Class, and Race. Berlin: Lit Verlag [2016].
  5. ‘Dehumanization,’ In Robert Wilson, Eugenics Archive [2015].
  6. ‘Lying,’ Encyclopedia Britannica. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/1202989/lying [2014]
  7. ‘Indexically yours: why being human is more like being here than like being water,’ in Corby, R. H. A & Lanjouw, A. (eds.) The Politics of Species: Exploring the Species Interface. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press [2013].
  8. ‘Lies’ and ‘Unconscious,’ The Encyclopedia of Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Sage Publications [2013].
  9. ‘Beyond Good and Evil: Variations on Some Freudian Themes,’ in Bohart, A. et al. (eds.) Humanity’s Dark Side. Washington, DC: APA Books [2012].
  10. ‘War, evolution, and the nature of human nature,’ in Shackleford, T. (ed.) Oxford Companion of Evolutionary Approaches to Violence, Homicide, and War. New York: Oxford University Press [2012].
  11. ‘A problem for Freud’s disjunctive argument,’ in Beit-Hallahmi, B. (ed.) Psychoanalysis and Theism: Critical Reflections on the Grünbaum Thesis. Lanham, MD: Jason Aronson [2010].
  12. ‘Interview with David Livingstone Smith,’ in Burton, M. & Wilkinson, C. (eds.) Conversations on Truth. London: Continuum [2009].
  13. ‘Freud and Searle on the ontology of the unconscious,’ In Mills, J. (ed.) Psychoanalysis at the Limit: Epistemology, Mind and the Question of Science. Albany: SUNY Press [2004].
  14. ‘‘Some unimaginable substratum’: a contemporary introduction to Freud’s philosophy of mind,’ In Cheung, M. C. (Ed.) Psychoanalytic Knowledge and the Nature of Mind. New York: Palgrave [2003].
  15. ‘Freud’s neural unconscious,’ In Van der Vijver, G. & Geerardyn, F. (eds.) The Pre-Analytic Writings of Sigmund Freud. London: Karnac [2002].
  16. ‘The unconscious,’ ‘Suggestion,’ ‘Existentialism,’ ‘Autoerotic stage,’ ‘Theories of genitality,’ ‘Psychical determinism,’ ‘Freud and the occult,’ and ‘Binding’. In Erwin, E. (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Freud and Freudianism. New York: Garland Press [2002].
  17. ‘Maintaining boundaries in psychotherapy: a view from evolutionary psychology,’ In Feltham, C. (ed.) Controversies in Psychotherapy and Counseling. London: Sage [1999].
  18. ‘Communicative psychoanalysis without tears,’ In Sullivan, E. M. (ed.) Unconscious Communication in Practic London: Open University Press [1999].
  19. ‘Communicative psychoanalysis,’ In Langs, R. (ed.) Current Psychoanalytic Theories. New York: International Universities Press [1999]: 297-325.
  20. (With E. van Deurzen) ‘Is psychotherapy an autonomous scientific discipline? A preliminary investigation,’ In Pritz, A. (ed.) Psychoterapie: eine neue Wissenschaft vom Menchen. Vienna: Springer [1996]: 19-34.
  21. ‘Communicative supervision,’ In Jacobs, M. (ed.) In Search of Supervision. London: Sage [1996], 102-119.
  22. ‘Psychodynamic psychotherapy: the Freudian approach,’ In Dryden, W. (ed.) Individual Therapy: A Handbook. London: Open University Press [1994]. Revised edition, London: Sage [1996], 19-40.
  23. ‘A brief history of narcissism,’ In Cooper, J. & Maxwell, N. (eds.) Narcissistic Wounds: Clinical Perspectives. London: Whurr [1995]. 3-15.
  24. ‘Riding shotgun for Freud: a reply to Ernesto Spinelli,’ In Cohn, H. W. & Duplock, S. (Eds.) Existential Challenges to Psychotherapeutic Theory and Practice. London: Society for Existential Analysis [1995]: 248-261.
Comments and Reviews
  1. Essay review, American Utopia and Social Engineering in Literature, Social Thought, and Political History. The Montreal Review [August 2012].
  2. ‘Aiming at self-deception: intentionalism, deflationism, and biological purpose,’ (response to von Hippel & Trivers) Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 33(6), [2011].
  3. Essay review, Psychology’s Interpretive Turn: The Search for Truth and Agency in Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology. Philosophical Psychology, 22(2)[2009]: 246.
  4. ‘Are unconscious mental states just neurophysiological dispositions?’ (response to Vesa Talvitie) Neuropsychoanalysis, 5(2) [2003]: 147-151.
  5. ‘Responses to my critics,’.Psychoanalytische Perspektieven, 21(2) [2003]: 271-278.
  6. ‘Freud’s science of consciousness then and now,’ (response to Crick) Neuropsychoanalysis, 1(2) [2000]: 45-48.
  7. ‘Ferenczi, Langs and scientific reasoning: a reply to Martin Stanton,’ British Journal of Psychotherapy, 14(3) [1998]: 348-353.
  8. ‘Reply to Joseph Schwartz,’ British Journal of Psychotherapy, 12(3) [1996]: 372-375.
  9. ‘Riding shotgun for Freud: a reply to Ernesto Spinelli,’ Journal of the Society of Existential Analysis, 5 [1994]: 142-157.
  10. ‘Clinical commentary,’ British Journal of Psychotherapy, 5(1) [1988]: 121-

Symposia, Conference Presentations, and Public Lectures

  1. ‘Beyond countertransference: psychoanalytic ideology and clinical oppression,’ conference on Analytical Philosophy and Clinical Psychoanalysis, Indiana University, Bloomington [May 27, 2016].
  2. ‘Putting them in their (proper) place: dehumanization as metaphysical boundary policing,’ conference on Dehumanization: New Approaches to Understanding the Politics of Human Nature, Central European University, Budapest [April 8, 2016].
  3. ‘Dehumanization,’ Workshop on Intergroup Conflict, Department of Psychology, Yale University [November 8, 2015].
  4. ‘Metaphysical misfits: dehumanization reconsidered,’ International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Study of Biology [July 7, 2015].
  5. ‘Making monsters,’ Workshop on Dominating Speech, University of Connecticut [November 21, 2014].
  6. ‘Dehumanized people as metaphysical misfits: responding to Appiah’s Challenge,’ Annual Meeting of the Northern New England Philosophical Association, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth [October 17, 2014].
  7. ‘Dehumanization and the uncanny: responding to Appiah’s challenge,’ 7th Annual Workshop on Security and Human Behavior, Cambridge University [June 9, 2014].
  8. ‘Dehumanization,’ colloquium at the Department of Philosophy, University of New Hampshire [March 21, 2014].
  9. ‘Less than human,’ Legacies of the Shoah: Understanding Genocide, War Crimes, and Crimes Against Humanity.’ Wang Center for Global Education and theHolocaust and Genocide Studies, Pacific Lutheran University [Feb 20, 2014].
  10. ‘The race delusion: a philosophical perspective,’ UNE Diversity Lecture [February 4, 2014].
  11. ‘Inspiration for evil,’ TEDx UNE [November 22, 2013].
  12. ‘Less than human? The ethics of our treatment of others,’ (with Annette Lanjouw) Arcus Foundation Forum, New York Society for Ethical Culture [September 30, 2013].
  13. ‘Human and subhuman,’ 6th annual Security and Human Behavior Meeting, University of Southern California [June 4, 2013]
  14. ‘Self-deception and self-misleading,’ American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Annual Meeting [December 29, 2012].
  15. ‘Less than human? Civility in an age of discontent,’ Keynote, Mizzou Diversity Summit, University of Missouri [October 29, 2012].
  16. ‘Less than Human: Understanding the Psychological Roots of War, Genocide and Atrocities.’ Keynote, Tijuana Innovadora, Tijuana, Mexico [October 18, 2012].
  17. ‘Less than human: understanding the dehumanizing imagination,’ Inamori Center for Ethics and Excellence, Case Western University [September 14, 2012].
  18. Reading from Less Than Human, Anisfield-Wolf award ceremony, Cleveland, Ohio Theater [September 13, 2012].
  19. ‘Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others,’ Cuyahoga County Public Library, Beachwood Branch, Cleveland [September 12, 2012].
  20. ‘Less Than Human,’ G20 Summit, Los Cabos, Mexico [June 16, 2012].
  21. ‘Ideology,’ 5th annual Security and Human Behavior meeting, Google, New York, NY [June 5, 2012].
  22. ‘The Nature of Human Nature: How and Why Philosophy Matters,’ 6th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Evolutionary Psychology Society, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH [April 28th, 2012].
  23. ‘A teleofunctional theory of self-deception,’ Maine Philosophical Institute, Colby College, Watertown, Maine [April 21, 2012].
  24. ‘Creatures of a kind somewhat inferior…’ 38th Annual Conference on Value Inquiry, Salem State University, Salem, MA [April 19, 2012].
  25. ‘Dehumanization and violence,’ Conference on the Evolution of Violence, Oakland University, Rochester, MI [April 10, 2012].
  26. ‘Dehumanization in Sudan,’ Desmond Tutu Center, New York, NY; Symposium on Genocide in Sudan [November 26, 2011].
  27. ‘Does life have a purpose?’ Ciudad de las Ideas, Puebla, Mexico [Nov. 12, 2011].
  28. ‘Less than human,’ Ciudad de las Ideas, Puebla, Mexico [Nov. 10, 2011].
  29. ‘Less Than Human: The Moral Psychology of Killing,’ Utah Valley University, 7th Annual Symposium on Restorative Justice and the Death Penalty [November 3, 2011].
  30. ‘Less Than human,’ Distinguished Liberal Arts Lecture, Quinsigamond Community College [October 24, 2011]
  31. ‘Self-deception and self-misleading,’ Northern New England Philosophical Association [October 21, 2011].
  32. ‘Not one of my kind: constructing the human/subhuman distinction,’ closed workshop on Humans and Other Apes: Exploring the Species Interface, sponsored by the Arcus Foundation, New York City [August 13, 2011].
  33. ‘Propaganda and the dehumanizing imagination,’ Second Annual Workshop on Security and Human Behavior, Carnegie Mellon University [June 17, 2011].
  34. ‘The illusion of race,’ Race and Gravy, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, [March 17, 2011].
  35. Symposium on ‘Aggression and Peacemaking in an Evolutionary Context,’ Lorentz Center for Workshops in the Sciences, University of Leiden, Netherlands [October 20, 2010].
  36. ‘Who do you think you’re fooling? A biological approach to self-deception,’ Bowdoin College, Department of Psychology [Nov. 4, 2009].
  37. ‘Purpose without agency: a theory of self-deception,’ Annual meeting of the Northern New England Philosophical Association, University of New Hampshire [October 16, 2009].
  38. ‘A general theoretical definition of deception,’ Second Annual Workshop on Security and Human Behavior, MIT [June 10, 2009].
  39. ‘Darwin’s Contributions to Philosophy,’ Sigma Xi annual banquet, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA [April 28, 2009].
  40. ‘The Most Dangerous Animal: Human Nature and the Origins of War,’ SUNY New Paltz [March 2, 2009].
  41. ‘Human Nature After Darwin,’ Darwin Bicentennial, University of New England [February 13, 2009].
  42. ‘The Most Dangerous Animal: Human Nature and the Origins of War,’ Darwin Festival, Salem State College [February 11, 2009]
  43. ‘Less Than Human: self-deception in the imagining of others,’ Philosophy at the Edge, 2008. Camden Philosophical Society, Camden, ME [July 18, 2008].
  44. ‘Security and Human Behavior,’ MIT [June 30/July 1 2008].
  45. ‘War and Self-Deception: How Dehumanizing Others Helps us Kill Them,’ 2nd Annual Conference of the North Eastern Evolutionary Psychology Society, University of Southern New Hampshire [May 2-4, 2008].
  46. ‘The Most Dangerous Animal: Human Nature and War,’ University of Southern Maine, Department of Biology Seminar [March 7, 2008].
  47. ‘The Most Dangerous Animal: Human Nature and the Origins of War,’ University of New England [November 30, 2006].
  48. ‘Why We Lie,’ Ciudad de las Ideas, Puebla, Mexico [Nov. 6, 2008].
  49. ‘Why we lie,’ British Psychological Society, London, UK [March 10, 2006]
  50. ‘Covert operations: Unconscious dialogue in the clinical setting,’ Northbrook College, Worthing, U.K. [March 11, 2006].
  51. ‘Prehistoric minds: Our evolutionary legacy and the difference that it makes to clinical practice,’ Regent’s College, London [March 15, 2006].
  52. ‘Why We Lie,’ Skidompha Library, Daramiscotta, Maine [Feb. 3, 2005].
  53. ‘Why We Lie,’ Borders, South Portland, Maine [Jan 20, 2005].
  54. ‘Why We Lie,’ Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts, Lowell [December 20, 2004].
  55. ‘Why We Lie,’ Skeptics Distinguished Science Lecture Series, Caltech [2004].
  56. ‘”Some Unimaginable Substratum”: Freud’s Anti-Cartesian Philosophy of Mind,’ Northern New England Philosophical Association [2003].
  57. ‘Are Unconscious Mental States Just Neurophysiological Dispositions for Conscious Mental States?’ Maine Philosophy Institute [2003].
  58. ‘The Ontology of the Unconscious: Freud Versus Searle,’ Northern New England Philosophical Association annual conference [2002].
  59. ‘Sex and Death: Evolutionary Biology and the Human Mind,’ UNE faculty colloquium [2002].
  60. ‘The Mind’s Place in Nature,’ International Research Forum, Guangxi Normal University (People’s Republic of China) and University of New England [2002].
  61. ‘The un-intentional stance,’ Goldsmith’s College, University of London, UK [2002].
  62. ‘The Evolution of the Unconscious,’ University of Ghent, Ghent, Belgium [2002].
  63. ‘The Evolution of Unconscious Communication in the Arms Race Between Human Predatory and Human Prey,’ College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine [2001].


  1. Editor (philosophy), academia.edu
  2. Editorial supervisor, undergraduate submissions, This View of Life
  3. Editorial Board, The Evolutionary Review: Art, Science and Culture.
  4. Editorial Board, EvoS: The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium
  5. Editorial Board, Psychonalytische Perspectieven
  6. Editorial Board, Journal of Social, Evolutionary and Cultural Psychology
  7. Editorial Board, Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences




  1. Philosophia
  2. Philosophical Psychology
  3. Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy
  4. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology
  5. Review of General Psychology
  6. History of the Human Sciences
  7. Evolution and Human Behavior
  8. Evolutionary Psychology
  9. Evolutionary Psychological Science
  10. Human Nature



  1. Oxford University Press
  2. Cambridge University Press
  3. McGill University Press
  4. University of Chicago Press
  5. AltaMira Press
  6. Palgrave
  7. Routledge
  8. Cambridge University Press

Grants (referee)

FWO (Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek), Applicant: Siegfried Dewitte | Application number: G083713N (2012)

Grants (received)

NEH Enduring Questions Grant, “What does it mean to be human?” (AQ-50748-12), $22,500 (2012-13)


Distinguished Fellow, Inamori Center for Ethics and Excellence, Case Western Reserve University.

 Committees and Organizational Advisory Boards
  1. APA Committee on the Status of Women in Philosophy(site visitor).
  2. Advisory board, Ciudad de Las Ideas


US Print Media

  1. ‘What the most macabre case studies in psychology tell us about the minds of war criminals,’ by Tim Townsend, Timeline [March 28, 2016].
  2. ‘Dehumanization is our weapon of mass destruction,’ by Brian E. Konkol, Huffington Post [February 29, 2016].
  3. ‘How Trump Sells Salvation,’ by David Livingstone Smith, New York Daily News [February 24, 2016].
  4. ‘In sports, deception is a way of life off the playing surface, too,’ by Kent Somers, The Arizona Central [July 5, 2015].
  5. ‘We must confront our “race delusion,”’ by David Livingstone Smith, Maine Sunday Telegraph [June 28, 2015].
  6. ‘The examined lie: a meditation on memory,’ by James McWilliams, The American Scholar [summer, 2015].
  7. ‘Behind flurry of killing, potency of hate,’ by Katrin Bennhold, New York Times [October 13, 1013].
  8. ‘Delivering a story, and distorting it,’ by Nick Bilton, International Herald Tribune [November 6, 2012].
  9. ‘Twitter’s uneasy role in guarding the truth,’ by Nick Bilton, New York Times [November 5, 2012].
  10. ‘Playwright Wole Soyinka and historian David Blight win Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards,’ by Karen R. Long, Cleveland Plain Dealer [April 19, 2012].
  11. Interview, ‘Enabling atrocity: Less Than Human explores why we exterminate others,’ The Wire [May 18, 2011].
  12. ‘Blood sports,’ by Leah Sotille, The Northwest Pacific Inlander [July 6, 2010].
  13. ‘Why People Kill,’ Currents [third quarter, 2010].
  14. ‘Inside the mind that kills,’ Forbes India, Special Anniversary Edition [May 26, 2010].
  15. ‘The truth about lying,’ by Jenna McCarthy, Real Simple [May, 2009].
  16. ‘A week without lying,’ By Nancy McCarthy, Good Housekeeping [March 2009].
  17. ‘Truth, fiction and the medley called memoir,’ by Tracy O’Shaughnessy, The Republican-American [January 4, 2009].
  18. ‘The lying game,’ by Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz, Chicago Tribune [January 24, 2008].
  19. ‘Man is a wolf to man,’ by Brian Bethune. Maclean’s.com [November 9, 2007].
  20. ‘Nature of a lie based on perception,’ by Joan King, Gainsville Times [October 23, 2007].
  21. ‘Fighting the grand delusion,’ by Michael Bond, New Scientist [September 1-7. 2007].
  22. ‘Fooling ourselves: science, human nature and ethics,’ by Marc Lampe, San Diego Union-Tribune [August 25, 2006].
  23. ‘Professor’s Book Tackles Origins of War,’ by Kevin Wack, Portland Press Herald [June 19, 2006].
  24. ‘Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!’ by Caroline Hsu, S. News and World Report [Dec. 18, 2005].
  25. ‘Lying is good for you,’ by Lacey Rose, Forbes [December 24, 2005].
  26. ‘*stats, lies, and videotape,’ by Chuck Culpepper, Newsday [Aug 14, 2005].
  27. ‘How to tell a lie and not get caught,’ Allure [April, 2005].
  28. ‘Lies we tell ourselves,’ Money Magazine [April, 2005].
  29. Interview, Biddeford Courier [April 7, 2005].
  30. Interview, Ezrha Jean Black, A. Citybeat [November 18, 2004].
  31. ‘Deceivers all’ by Sean Spence, New Scientist [September 11, 2004].
  32. ‘David Livingstone Smith is a liar, and he explains why you are too,’ by Vadim Liberman, Across the Board [September, 2004].
  33. ‘Lie? But why?’ by Ray Routhier, Maine Sunday Telegram [August 29, 2004]

US Radio, Television, and Podcasts

  1. Guest, Multiracial Family Man podcast [September 2015].
  2. Guest, Al Jazeera TV, discussing dehumanization, [August 1 2015].
  3. ‘Nazis,’ History Channel 2, six part miniseries [May 2015].
  4. Guest, ‘Philosophy Talk’ [December 21, 2014].
  5. Guest, Huffpost Live, ‘Is our obsessive consumption of murder dangerous?’ [August 25, 2014].
  6. Guest, Huffpost Live, ‘How are cults different than organized religion?’ [October 16, 2013].
  7. Guest, ‘The Scholars’ Circle,’ KPFK 90.7 FM [June 9, 2013].
  8. Guest, ‘Maine Calling,’ MPBN [May 16, 2013].
  9. Guest, ‘The Scholars’ Circle,’ KPFK 90.7 FM [February 3, 2013].
  10. Interview, Dred-Scott Keyes, Pacifica Radio [August 29, 2012].
  11. Guest, ‘The Sound of Ideas,’ WCPM 90.3 FM [September 13, 2012].
  12. Interview, ‘Less than human,’ Calling Maine, Keith Shortall, Maine Public Radio [December 20, 2011].
  13. The Most Dangerous Animal. Short film by Al Sutton inspired by my 2007 book of the same name [2011].
  14. Received ‘honorable mention’ at Los Angeles Film Awards.
  15. Interview, ‘Less than human,’ Conversations with Charlie Dyer, KNEWS 94.3 FM [August 3, 2011].
  16. Interview, ‘207,’ WCHS-6 TV, Portland, ME [June 6, 2011].
  17. Interview, ‘Talk of the Nation,’ National Public Radio [March 29, 2011].
  18. The Most Dangerous Animal, Merit Motion Pictures (Canada). Option for a two hour television documentary based on my 2007 book The Most Dangerous Animal: Human Nature and the Origins of War.
  19. Interview, ‘The Dr. Howard Gluss Show,’ KFNX News-Talk Radio – 1100 AM, New York, NY [March 25, 2011].
  20. Interview, ‘Please explain: lying,’ The Leonard Lopate Show (WNYC – 93.9FM) [May 28, 2010].
  21. Interview, ‘The voice of reason, with Zo Williams,’ (Sirius Satellite Radio, the Foxhole 106) [May 27, 2010].
  22. Interview, Fordham University Radio (WFUV – 90.7FM) [April 1, 2009].
  23. Interview, Vassar College Radio (WVKR – 91.3FM) [Feb. 24, 2009].
  24. Interview, Airtalk, KPCC, Pasadena, CA [January 1, 2008].
  25. Interview, The Charles Goyette Show, KFNX News Talk Radio, Phoenix, AZ [Oct. 19, 2007].
  26. Interview, Hank Slosz Show, WCRN talk radio, Hartford CT [August 30, 2007].
  27. Interview, ‘Ideas Network,’ Wisconsin Public Radio, Ideas Network with Katherine Dunn [July 20, 2006].
  28. Interview, ‘Talking Maine,’ with Kevin Crocker, WLOB [July 1, 2006].
  29. Interview, ‘The Conversation,’ KUOW, 94.9 FM in Seattle, Washington [Aug 3, 2005].
  30. Interview, Hallerin Hilton Hill, WGFX-104.5 FM in Nashville [June 15, 2005].
  31. Interview, Kevin McCarthy Show, KMSR Dallas [November 2, 2004].
  32. Interview, Radio Health Journal [October, 2004].
  33. Interview, ‘207,’ WCSH-6 TV [October, 2004].
  34. Interview, Afternoon Magazine, WILL Illinois [August 20, 2004].
  35. Interview, Ideas Network, Wisconsin Public Radio [August 10, 2004].
  36. Interview, Maine Things Considered, Maine Public Radio [July 30, 2004].
  37. Interview, Fore River Gazette, WMPG Maine [July 29, 2004].
  38. Interview, World Net Daily, Radio America [July 7, 2004].
  39. Interview, Dr. Ronald Hoffman’s Health Talk, WOR 710AM [July 6, 2004].
  40. Interview, Fox News Live [July 5, 2004]. 

Foreign Print Media 

  1.  ‘Quem é que não mente?’ José Renato Nalini, Jornal de Juniaí [January 24, 2016] (Brazil).
  2. ‘Why lying is a sign of healthy behaviour for children,’ Nicola Luksic, CBC News [January 16, 2016] (Canada).
  3. ‘Los seres humanos mienten 1 o 2 veces al día,’ Andrea Rodríguez Burbano, El Telégrafo [January 16, 2016] (Ecuador).
  4. ‘Hasta la mentiras tienen limite,’   Luis Manuel Arellano Delgado, Excelsior [December 10, 2014] (Mexico).
  5. ‘¿Mentir es Bueno para la salud?’ Silvia Candano, El Pais [November 14, 2014] (Spain)
  6. ‘Is it OK to lie at work?’ James Adonis, Sydney Morning Herald [November 14, 2014] (Australia).
  7. ‘Hoe kunnen ze? “IS-strijders zijn heel gewone mensen,”’ Peter de Groot, De Tijd [August 16, 2014] (Belgium)
  8. ‘O soro da verdade,’ Bruno Paixão,Diario as Beiras [August 2, 2013] (Portugal).
  9. ‘Pra que mentir,’ Marsilea Gombata, Valor Econômico[July 19, 2013] (Brazil).
  10. ‘Atawizm,’ Andrzej Jozwiak, Gazeta Bankowa [June 9, 2012] (Poland).
  11. Interview, Keren Argmen, Globes [December 9, 2011] (Isreal).
  12. ‘Todos somos mentirosos,’ Dolores Gallo, Revista Nueva [October 24, 2011] (Argentina).
  13. ‘Why the jerks will inherit the earth,’ Adam McDowell, The National Post [May 20, 2011] (Canada).
  14. ‘Długa historia ludobójstwa: Słownik zabijania,’ Adam Krzemińsk, Polityka [June 6, 2010] (Poland).
  15. Interview, ‘Człowiek człowiekowi człowiekiem,’ by Marcin Rotkiewitz, Polityka [May 11, 2010] (Poland).
  16. ‘Rezará Obama en Hiroshima?’ by Juan Masiá, La Verdad de Murcia [August 6, 2009] (Mexico).
  17. ‘Hábito de contar mentiras é doença?’ by Aycha Nunez, O Liberal [April 19, 2009] (Brazil).
  18. ‘Nuestro querido enemigo,’ by Andrés Roemer, El Universal [April 6, 2009] (Mexico).
  19. ‘April fools day,’ by Juarez Chagas, O Jornal de Hoje [April 1, 2009] (Brazil).
  20. ‘Quanto maior o contacto social, maior a necessidade de mentir,’ O Pantaniero [April 1, 2009] (Brazil).
  21. ‘Tierra de Babel,’ by Jorge Arturo Rodriguez, Noticias Desde Veracruz [Feb. 25, 2009] (Mexico).
  22. ‘Por que as pessoas mentem,’ by Solange Azevedo, Celso Masson, and Andres Vera, Època [February 19, 2009] (Brazil).
  23. ‘Detector de mentiras para precandidatos,’ by Victor M. Samano, Presente [March 6, 2009] (Mexico).
  24. ‘Ya gotta believe me, we’re all damn liars,’ by Brad Oswald, Winnipeg Free Press [February 5, 2009] (Canada).
  25. ‘A mentira não mente,’ by Sérgio da Costa Ramos, Diário Catarinense [January 24, 2009] (Brazil).
  26. ‘Frivolos Deudores,’ by Adriana Ochoa, El Pulso [January 18, 2009] (Mexico).‘Un pais de mentiras y otros artificios,’ by Víctor M. Sámano Labastida, Presente [January 17, 2009] (Mexico).
  27. ‘Entrevista, David Livingstone Smith: Mentirosos por Naturaleza,’ Reforma [January 11, 2009] (Mexico).
  28. ‘Psicólogo defende que a verdade traz felicidade,’ by Nelson Marques, Expresso [January 3, 2009] (Portugal).
  29. ‘Paradoks klamstwa,’ Polityca [November 18, 2008] (Poland).
  30. ‘Por que é que os políticos falam tanto e fazem tão pouco?’ Exame [Sept. 19, 2008] (Portugal).
  31. ‘Defending Australia,’ by Dr. Hannah Middleton, The Guardian [September 7, 2008] (Australia).
  32. ‘Estória parte do cotidiano,’ by Mariana Fontes, Folha de Pernambuco [July 16, 2008] (Brazil).
  33. ‘Eu prometo nao comer…’ by Francoise Gregorio. Corpo a Corpo [July, 2008] (Brazil).
  34. ‘Paradox at the heart of our warring psyches,’ by A. C. Grayling, The Australian [February 23, 2008] (Australia). Reprinted as ‘Human beings: Are Humans the Most Dangerous Animals on the Planet?’ in Grayling, A. C. Thinking of Answers: Questions in the Philosophy of Everyday Life, New York: Walker and Co. [2010]: 252-255.
  35. ‘Le phénomène guerre,’ by Olivier Postel-Vinay, La Recherche, 416 [February, 2008] (France).
  36. ‘Promesas y soluciones,’ Informe Reservado [February 13, 2008] (Argentina).
  37. ‘Mentiras en la oficina,’ Portafolio [December 14, 2007] (Colombia).
  38. ‘Unselfish genes,’ by Stephen Cave, Financial Times Magazine [October 6, 2007] (United Kingdom).
  39. ‘Over loochenen,’ by Jod de Mul. De Gids [July-August-September, 2007] (Netherlands).
  40. ‘Medico diz que corrupcao nao tem cura,’ Parana Online [February 23, 2007] (Brazil).
  41. ‘Mentime que me gusta,’ by Brigitte Colmán, Diario Ultima Hora [November 7, 2006] (Paraguay).
  42. ‘A verdade é a melhor mentira,’ by Ricardo Bellino, Jornal Extra [November 6, 2006] (Brazil).
  43. ‘Die Kunst des Mogelns,’ by Michael Wasner, Thüringer Allgemeine [November 5, 2006] (Germany).
  44. ‘Aguas con la verdad,’ by Xavier Velasco, Milenio [November 1, 2006] (Mexico).
  45. ‘¿Mentir para sobrevivir?’ Frontera [March 19, 2007]. (Mexico).
  46. ‘A mentira como recurso,’ by Jaime Leitão, Jornal de Piracicaba [October 27, 2006] (Brazil).
  47. ‘Negócios em Pauta,’ by Jean Valério, Correio da Tarde [October 26, 2006] (Brazil).
  48. ‘Italo,’ Jornal Umuarama Illustrado [October 25 2006] (Brazil).
  49. ‘Os politicos são mentirosos profissionais,’ Focus [October 25, 2006] (Portugal).
  50. ‘Verdad y política,’ by Jorge Fonteveccia. Perfil [October 22, 2006] (Argentina).
  51. ‘Receita deposita hoje restituições do 5º lote do IR,’ by Jean Valério, Correio da Tarde [October 21, 2006] (Brazil).
  52. ‘Engana que eu gosto!’ by Daniela Pinheiro. Veja, 1978 [October 18, 2006] (Brazil).
  53. ‘O rabinho do cachorro,’ by Mario Salvador, Jornal da Manha [October 17, 2006] (Brazil).
  54. ‘Fatos, boatos & vice-versa,’ by Paolo Silva, Jornal do Dia [October 17, 2006] (Brazil).
  55. ‘Um abraço ridículo,’ by Rogério Mendelski. Jornal o Sul. [October 16, 2006] (Brazil).
  56. ‘O que é uma Mentira?’ Criativa, electronic edition [April, 2006] (Brazil).
  57. ‘Why do we make excuses when we are late?’ by Matt Keating, The Guardian [April 8, 2006] (United Kingdom).
  58. ‘Somos ensinados desde pequeninos a mentir,’ Público [April 1, 2006] (Portugal).
  59. ‘Somos mentirosos virtuosmos. Mesmo que não admitamos isso,’ by Fabio Bittencourt, Diário de S. Paulo [March 19, 2006] (Brazil).
  60. ‘Livro tenta explicar porque mentimos,’ Corrieo do Estado [March 7, 2006] (Brazil).
  61. ‘O psichiatro David Livingstone Smith, autor de Por Que Mentimos: Os Fundamentos Biológicos e Psicológicos da Mentira, livro que acaba de lançado no Brazil, diz que famosos mentem me do que anônimos,’ by Guilherme Ravache Abreu Lima, Quem [March 6, 2006]. (Brazil).
  62. ‘Evoluímos, logo mentimos (e muito),’ by Simone Iwasso. O Estadādao do S. Paulo [March 5, 2006] (Brazil).
  63. ‘Trecho do Livro Por Que Mentimos?, de David Livingstone Smith,’ Época [Feb. 27, 2006]. (Brazil).
  64. ‘Por que mentimos – Os fundamentos biologos e psicologos da mentira,’ clicro.com.br [Feb. 28, 2006] (Brazil).
  65. ‘Dólar desonesto,’ by Nonato Cruz. Estadādao do Norte [Feb. 28, 2006] (Brazil).
  66. ‘Por Que Mentimos?’ Journal de Araraquara [Feb. 15, 2006] (Brazil).
  67. ‘Marea baja: mentirosa,’ El Vigilia [Feb. 13, 2006] (Mexico).
  68. ‘Nueves verdades sobre el egaño,’ by María Jesús Ribas, Vanguardia [Jan. 28, 2006] (Spain).
  69. ‘¿La evolución favorece al embustero?’ El Universal [Jan 22, 2006] (Venezuela).
  70. ‘A mentira faz parte da condição humana,’ by Luciene Correia. Nova Mulher [Nov. 16, 2005] (Brazil).
  71. ‘La evolución favorece más a los mentirosos que a los honestos,’ by America Valenzuela, El Mundo [October 21, 2005] (Spain).
  72. ‘A verdade é que mentimos. Saiba por que (e como),’ by Tito Montenegro, Saúde é Vital [October, 2005] (Brazil).
  73. ‘Deceit on the street,’ by Stephen Pincock, Financial Times [July 16, 2005] (United Kingdom).
  74. ‘Did you miss?’ The Guardian, [June 25, 2005] (United Kingdom).
  75. ‘Die ganze Wahrheit übers Lügen,’ by Constantin Gillies, Die Welt [November 6, 2004] (Germany).
  76. ‘What Robots Tell us About Ourselves,’ by Peter Foster, National Post, [October 22, 2004] (Canada).

Foreign Television and Radio

  1. ‘Born to lie,’ Ideas, CBC [January 13, 2016] (Canada).
  2. La Ciudad de las Ideas, TV Azteca (Mexico) and Spanish Public Television [2012, 2011].
  3. Människans första krig? (Mankind’s First War?), Deep Sea Productions, Swedish Public Television [November 5, 2012].
  4. Conspiracy Rising, CBC-TV [March 8, 2012] (Canada).
  5. Interview, The Moncrief Show, 106 – 108 FM [April 5, 2011] (Ireland).
  6. Interview, Sook-Yin Lee, ‘Definitely not the opera’, CBC Radio [March 24, 2009] (Canada).
  7. Interview, 800 AM, Windsor, Ontario [February 5, 2009] (Canada).The Truth About Liars, CBC-TV [February 5 and February 7, 2009] (Canada).
  8. Interview, CHRQ AM Calgary, Meghan McSweeny, Calgary Today [February 5, 2009] (Canada).
  9. Interview, PROUD FM Toronto, Afternoon Drive Show with Bob Willette [February 5, 2009] (Canada).
  10. Interview, 640AM Toronto [February 4, 2009] (Canada).
  11. Interview, CJOB Manitoba [February 4, 2009] (Canada).
  12. Interview, CBC Whitehorse Yukon, James Miller, [February 3, 2009] (Canada).
  13. Interview, Mike in the Afternoon, CJBK (London, Ontario), [January 29, 2009] (Canada).
  14. Interview, Ryan Doyle Show, CFRB 1010 (Toronto) [January 28, 2009] (Canada).
  15. Interview, Andres Roemer, La Ciudad de las Ideas, TV Azteca [June 21, 2008] (Mexico).
  16. ‘Autodescobrimento,’ Leonardo Curcis, Radio Boa Nova, 1450 AM – 1080 AM [October, 16, 2006] (Brazil).
  17. ‘Montreal Today,’ with Laura Schwartz, The New 940 Montreal [July 19, 2006]. (Canada).
  18. ‘Jon Ronson on….’ BBC Radio 4 [Jan. 31, 2006] (United Kingdom).


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  2. Consultant, United Kingdom Department of Health
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  4. Convener, United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy Committee on Research
  5. Convener, United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy Committee on Assessment
  6. Consultant, School of Infant Mental Health, London, UK
  7. Clinical Director, Kids Company, London, UK

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