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Lying Hardcover – November 5, 2013
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"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."
"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. In Lying, Sam Harris demonstrates how to benefit from being brutallybut pragmaticallyhonest. It's a compelling little book with a big impact."
Tim Ferriss, author of the New York Times bestsellers, The 4-Hour Body, The 4-Hour Workweek, and The 4-Hour Chef
"In this brief but illuminating work, Sam Harris applies his characteristically calm and sensible logic to a subject that affects us allthe 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 liesto yourself, to others, and to society."
Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist, American Museum of Natural History
About the Author
Mr. Harris's writing has been published in more than 15 languages. He and his work have been discussed in The New York Times, Time, Scientific American, Nature, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, and many other journals. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Economist, Newsweek, The Times (London), The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, The Annals of Neurology, and elsewhere.
Mr. Harris is a cofounder and the CEO of Project Reason, a nonprofit foundation devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society. He received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA.
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I truly loved this book. Despite the simple premise, it really made me think. Harris makes a great case against lying, even against the nice 'white lies' we tell each other (and ourselves).
It slightly changed the way I think about something as basic as lying. Even if it only nudged my thinking slightly, that's great impact from a short book.
One of those rare books that I will definitely read again. If you're even thinking about buying it, you should. I highly recommend it, and really doubt you will regret it. I promise. :)
A couple of things I would have like to see include a section on being honest with one's self. We tell ourselves lies like "I can quit smoking whenever I want." when we need to be more honest instead ("I need help quitting smoking.").
The other thing I would have like is a section on how to get others to be more open and honest with the reader and discourage them from giving at least white lies. It takes a certain maturity to listen to and accept the truth from others but I don't think that this was touched on in the book. Rather, the book focused mainly on the reader being more honest to others.
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I would not recommend anyone buying this book. There is no takeaway.Read more