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2.0 out of 5 stars Overly idealistic., March 11, 2012
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Sam Harris is a great thinker. Having read his other works, I am certain he is a good researcher and equally good at expressing his opinion. This book however seems like something he thought up over a weekend and decided to make it into a single. After reading his other books, I was expecting to be enlightened but this book was a let down.

Yes, lying is bad and one small lie (white or otherwise) can lead to other bigger problems. My 86 year old grand mother knew and advocated this. But the premise of Sam Harris's argument is based on a very idealistic and overly positive outlook on life. Sam Harris's thesis would have greater relevance if we lived in a 100% rational and logical world.... alas we don't.

On a side note: I am also interested in knowing how his teacher defended not lying to the Nazi's even if it meant someones life could be at danger. I wonder if the author's teacher himself was ever faced with a situation where his not lying to someone could end in human suffering.
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Initial post: Apr 12, 2012 12:32:39 PM PDT
DonQ says:
I totally agree with your review! And I also wondered why one shouldn't lie to the SS about the whereabouts of Ann Frank.
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