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As it was in Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, and Othello, so it is in life. Most forms of private vice and public evil are kindled and sustained by lies. Acts of adultery and other personal betrayals, financial fraud, government corruption—even murder and genocide—generally require an additional moral defect: a willingness to lie.In Lying, best-selling author and neuroscientist Sam Harris argues that we can radically simplify our lives and improve society by merely telling the truth in situations where others often lie. He focuses on "white" lies—those lies we tell for the purpose of sparing people discomfort—for these are the lies that most often tempt us. And they tend to be the only lies that good people tell while imagining that they are being good in the process.
Publisher: 2013
ISBN: 9781940051017
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Oct 05, 2018

Great book and I appreciate the perspective

Mar 19, 2016

Really interesting. When is it OK to lie? Is it ever OK? Who do our everyday white lies really protect? Could you live in complete honesty? This short essay is well worth the read and contemplation.

Aug 13, 2015

This was an interesting little book. I liked the examples, in the form of scenarios, that Sam Harris uses to get his point across. He encourages the reader to observe what it feels like to tell the truth where one may be tempted to tell a lie or a white lie. I found it a worthwhile read.

Jun 02, 2015

The book has a 'holier than thou' feel to it, the author claims an inability to lie due to some university course. He provides some basic ethical argument for daily situations, then the book is over. No kidding, extremely short.


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