Lying by Sam HarrisLying by Sam Harris


bySam Harris

Hardcover | November 15, 2013

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As it was inAnna Karenina, Madame Bovary, andOthello, 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.InLying, 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."
Sam Harris is the author of theNew York Times bestsellers,The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, andFree Will.The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. Mr. Harris's writing has been published in more than 15 languages. He and his work have been discussed inThe New York Times, Time, Scientifi...
Title:LyingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:108 pages, 6.5 × 4.25 × 0.3 inPublished:November 15, 2013Publisher:Four Elephants PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1940051002

ISBN - 13:9781940051000

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Short but sweet and convincing. Harris packs quite an intellectual punch into such a short work.
Date published: 2018-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific A must read for absolutely everyone. Using basics in moral philosophy, it is shown systematically that lying is never, under any circumstances, helpful in any way and doing so almost always degrades human relationships.
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Small bu well-written book on the morality of deceit (3.5 stars) Using moral philosophy Sam Harris argues that it is morally wrong to lie and to deceive people (even when you are using the truth to do so). It moves quickly and makes you think. My only criticism is that it is too short for it's price $24.95. I suggest getting it as an ebook. That's what id did.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eyeopening, Genius Out of all the non-fiction books you read, often they make you think, sometimes give you a different perspective or on a rare occasion they forever change the way you live your life. This book is among the latter, through vidid examples and eyeopening logic, you come to understand how Sam Harris's approach can help you live a more fulfilled life by focusing on building lasting and meaningful relationships.
Date published: 2014-11-12

Editorial Reviews

This essay is quite brilliant. (I was hoping it would be, so I wouldn't have to lie.) I honestly loved it from beginning to end.Lying is the most thought-provoking read of the year."-Ricky Gervais"Humans have evolved to lie well, and no doubt you've seen the social lubrication at work. In many cases, we might not think of it as a true "lie": perhaps a "white lie" once in a blue moon, the omission of a sensitive detail here and there, false encouragement of others when we see no benefit in dashing someone's hopes, and the list goes on. InLying, Sam Harris demonstrates how to benefit from being brutally-but pragmatically-honest. It's a compelling little book with a big impact."-Tim Ferriss, author of theNew York Times bestsellers,The 4-Hour Body,The 4-Hour Workweek, andThe 4-Hour Chef"In this brief but illuminating work, Sam Harris applies his characteristically calm and sensible logic to a subject that affects us all-the human capacity to lie. And by the book's end, Harris compels you to lead a better life because the benefits of telling the truth far outweigh the cost of lies-to yourself, to others, and to society."-Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist, American Museum of Natural History"