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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
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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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One thing that I believe also influences people to be dishonest, is their own emotional state. People vary in their ability to be aware of when they are uncomfortable, embarrassed, angry, etc. People who have experienced more history of trauma tend to be more dissociated from their feelings. Many people are scared of their feelings and scared of what will happen if they verbalize them. Imagine a shy man who grew up with parents who were unpredictable and always fighting and throwing things. The man is now very cautious with people and very hesitant to ever express anger. His boss offloads tons of work on him and one day says, "I hope you don't feel too overburdened with all the work, I don't know what I'd do without you." To be honest back to the boss, would require the man to be aware of the fact that he does feel overburdened and have some sort of awareness that he is angry/resentful. It also would require that the person is confident to express something (even a polite something) fueled by a buried kernel of anger - confident that they won't erupt with anger the way they have seen others do... There is a lot being written now about the limbic brain governing emotions in the context of relationships and the role of mirror neurons in empathy and social cognition. I would love to see Harris write more about lying and add in some more information about the psyche of the person telling the lie.
In this book, Sam Harris proves w/o a doubt that an atheist humanist can tackle the most difficult of basic human problems, simple deceit, which is far more than just "lying". He explains in compelling detail how the practical effects of deceit are generally negative, so negative that he implores us to avoid it at all times, except when there is---literally---a gun to our heads.
It is a very compelling essay, far more compelling to me than any of the appeals based on religious doctrine that I learned in my youth. I will be a better person for having listened to his words.
Thank you Sam. Great job.
Please publish a paperback version. I would like to share it with my less techno-centric and more religious friends.