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Deception is the act of propagating or nurturing a belief that one knows to be false.
Causing others to believe falsehoods – and hence inducing them to "voluntarily" make choices which they would not otherwise make – is one way of manipulating or controlling others, and hence is often employed in the acquisition of political power.
- A rhetorical deception is deception using only words.
- Self-deception is when one avoids facing truth by rationalizing belief in a more comforting falsehood.
- Conservapedia: liberals do it a lot
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- RationalWiki (note that "Deception" does not redirect here as of 2014-03-29, but the words are synonymous)