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Dissimulation is a form of deception in which one conceals the truth. It consists of concealing the truth, or in the case of half-truths, concealing parts of the truth, like inconvenient or secret information. Dissimulation differs from simulation, in which one exhibits false information. Dissimulation commonly takes the form of concealing one's ability in order to gain the element of surprise over an opponent. Francis Bacon has the following to say on the distinction between simulation and dissimulation, "Dissimulation, in the negative; when a man lets fall signs and arguments, that he is not, that he is... Simulation, in the affirmative; when a man industriously and expressly feigns and pretends to be, that he is not." In the animal kingdom a predator giving the impression that it is harmless is an example of dissimulation, such as the leaf fish. A animal that is typically prey giving the impression that it is dangerous is an example of simulation, such as the frill-necked lizard. :)
koyptakh koyptakh 51-55, M 2 Answers Aug 21, 2011

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... In other words, lying? Yeah, it's necessary. Case Closed.

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Hi EpPolice
St. Augustine divided lies into eight categories, listed in order of descending severity:
Lies in religious teaching
Lies that harm others and help no one
Lies that harm others and help someone
Lies told for the pleasure of lying
Lies told to "please others in smooth discourse"
Lies that harm no one and that save someone's life
Lies that harm no one and that save someone's "purity"
Lies that harm no one and that help someone
Augustine wrote that lies told in jest, or by someone who believes or opines the lie to be true are not, in fact, lies.
I think dissimulation is probably equal to: Lies that harm others and help no one. Presumably the more higher up the list of types of lying the less we like being lied to. Maybe what seems necessary is also unacceptable?
best wishes

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