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> This could account not just for the lack of social fear in Williams, but with it the wariness that can motivate deeper understanding. It is possible, in short, that people with Williams miss social subtleties not just because they lack cognitive tools but because they also lack a motivation — a fear of others — that the rest of us carry to every encounter. To Meyer-Lindenberg, the primacy of such circuits suggests that human sociability rises from evolutionarily reinforced mechanisms — a raw yearning to connect; fearfulness — that are so basic they’re easy to undervalue.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/08/magazine/08sociability-t.html?pagewanted=1&ref=magazine

That is .. monitoring for deception, lying goes hand in hand with cognition. In a world without lies, we'd all be Williams syndrome.

I read this as I prepare to pick up my car at a new mechanic's. I don't know if he's BSing me that the computer needed to be replaces. I feel dumb for not knowing. But I guess I would be dumber if I had no social fear.
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